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Japan recalls envoy to South Korea over comfort-woman statue

Many Korean and other women in Asia were forced to work in brothels for the Japanese military during World War II in what was called the "comfort-woman" system.

Japan, Japanese envoy to South Korea, Japan Envoy comfort woman statue, comfort woman statue Japanese Envoy, latest news, Japan news, World news, International news A man wearing a mask of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kneels down in front of a statue of a girl that represents the sexual victims by the Japanese military during a rally in front of Japanese Consulate. (Source: Reuters)

Japan is recalling its ambassador to South Korea in response to the placing of a comfort-woman statue in front of its consulate in the Korean city of Busan. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (yoh-shee-hee-deh soo-gah) said Friday that both the ambassador in Seoul and the consul-general in Busan would be temporarily recalled.

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Many Korean and other women in Asia were forced to work in brothels for the Japanese military during World War II in what was called the “comfort-woman” system.

Japan and South Korea reached an agreement to resolve their differences over the issue in late 2015, but some South Koreans have continued to protest. A comfort-woman statue has remained standing in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, and a similar one was put up in Busan recently.

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First published on: 06-01-2017 at 10:12:11 am
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