Kono Urges S. Korea to Honor Promises to Japan


Tokyo, Jan. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono pressed South Korea on Monday to observe its agreements with Japan on issues related to Korean wartime labor and "comfort women."

"I strongly urge (South Korea) to honor its international commitments," Kono said in a foreign policy speech at plenary meetings of both chambers of parliament.

The South Korean Supreme Court ordered Japanese companies last year to pay compensation to South Korean plaintiffs who claimed to have been forced to work for the firms during World War II.

The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule at the time. The Japanese government's position is that the wartime labor compensation issue was resolved by a 1965 bilateral agreement.

The South Korean government announced in November last year a decision to dissolve a foundation established under a 2015 bilateral agreement to support former comfort women, who were forced to serve as prostitutes for Japanese troops before and during the war.

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