29 December 2015

South Korea, Japan reach landmark deal on WWII sex slaves

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se, right, ushers his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida at the start of their meeting at Foreign Ministry in Seoul Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. The foreign ministers met Monday to try to resolve a decades-long impasse over Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II.
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.