Japan Protests S. Korea's Decision over Comfort Women Foundation

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Wednesday protested to South Korea over its announcement the same day of a decision to dissolve a foundation to support former Korean "comfort women," which was set up based on a 2015 landmark bilateral accord.

Tokyo also called on the South Korean side to steadily implement the agreement.

Japan plans to wait and see moves by South Korea, without taking specific action against the country, as it hopes to maintain the cooperation between them and among the two nations plus the United States in dealing with issues related to North Korea, informed sources said.

The Japanese government contributed one billion yen to the foundation to resolve the issue of comfort women under the agreement. Comfort women refer to those who were allegedly forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II.

On Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticized South Korea's decision to liquidate the foundation, saying, "If a promise between countries is broken, their relations would fail to function."

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