S. Korean Comfort Women Foundation Dissolved

Politics

Seoul, July 5 (Jiji Press)--A South Korean foundation for supporting former wartime comfort women in the country, established under a Japan-South Korea accord, has been liquidated officially, foundation officials said Friday.

The South Korean government notified the foundation on Wednesday of the completion of registry-related procedures to dissolve the body, according to the officials.

The Japanese government on Friday lodged a protest with the South Korean government over the foundation's dissolution through diplomatic channels in Tokyo and Seoul.

Japan has contributed one billion yen to the foundation, set up under the December 2015 landmark bilateral agreement to resolve the issue of South Korean women forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II.

Tokyo has called on Seoul to implement the agreement steadily, and has repeatedly said it cannot accept liquidation of the foundation.

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