Tokyo-Seoul Ties Worsening 3 Years after Comfort Women Accord


Tokyo, Dec. 28 (Jiji Press)--Relations between Japan and South Korea are worsening, rather than improving, three years after the two governments reached a milestone agreement to resolve their dispute over wartime "comfort women."

The agreement to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the comfort women issue, reached on Dec. 28, 2015, was intended to usher in a new future-oriented era for the two neighbors.

"It's very regrettable that a series of negative events related to Japan-South Korea relations have happened recently," Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference on Friday.

Suga cited South Korean court rulings against Japanese companies over wartime labor and a South Korean warship's use of fire-control radar toward a Japanese surveillance plane.

"We'll continue to demand strongly that the South Korean side respond in an appropriate way," Suga said.

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