S. Korea to Dissolve Comfort Women Foundation

Politics

Seoul, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--The South Korean government said Wednesday that it will dissolve a foundation established under a 2015 agreement with Japan to support Korean "comfort women," who were forced to work at Japanese military brothels before and during World War II.

The decision looks certain to further escalate diplomatic tensions between the two Asian neighbors over history issues.

In a statement, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said that the decision reflects the current situation surrounding the foundation, as well as the result of the government's examinations of the body.

The ministry said it now plans to take legal procedures for the dissolution of the foundation, which was aimed at providing financial support to former comfort women, using one billion yen contributed by the Japanese government.

Following the announcement, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba lodged a protest with South Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Su-hoon at the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

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