An apology from Japan's prime minister and a pledge of more than $8
million sealed a breakthrough deal Monday in a decades-long impasse with
South Korea over Korean women forced into Japanese military-run
brothels during World War II.
The accord, which aims to resolve the emotional core of South Korea's grievances with its former colonial overlord, could begin to reverse decades of animosity and mistrust between the two thriving democracies, trade partners and staunch U.S. allies. It represents a shift for Tokyo's conservative government and a new willingness to compromise by previously wary Seoul.