Controversial Comfort Women Settlement between Korea and Japan

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After seventy years, there is finally an apology and a settlement for the women forced to work in brothels for the Japanese Imperial Army during WW II.

Photo: US Army

After decades of tension, Japan and South Korea have finally agreed on a landmark settlement concerning one of the darker chapters of World War II, the so called Comfort Women, Korean women who were forced to serve as a sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army. As part of the settlement Japan formally apologized to South Korea for the use of the Comfort women and agreed to pay more than $8 million in compensation. Victor Cha is the director of Asian Studies at Georgetown University, and former Asia Director on the National Security Council between 2004 and 2007.



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