Japan Calls for Adherence to 2015 Seoul-Tokyo Deal on Sex Slavery

Write : 2017-05-14 14:21:11 Update : 2017-05-15 01:10:11

Japan Calls for Adherence to 2015 Seoul-Tokyo Deal on Sex Slavery

The Japanese government is maintaining its stance that a 2015 South Korea-Japan agreement on Japan’s wartime enslavement of women for sex must be respected.

Tokyo reiterated the stance, after the United Nations Committee against Torture recommended in a report on Friday that Seoul and Tokyo revise their deal aimed at settling the bitter historical dispute over Japan’s conscription of Korean women into sex slavery during wartime.

The Japanese government’s concern is that the UN committee’s recommendation would lend support to new South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s campaign promise to renegotiate the settlement, reigniting a new diplomatic row between the two countries.

However, it also appears wary of a possibility that its opposition to the UN recommendation could provoke South Korean citizens critical of the 2015 agreement.

Therefore, Tokyo has decided to refrain from making official responses to the UN recommendation while closely monitoring Seoul’s possible moves.

A high-ranking Japanese Foreign Ministry official told Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper that there is no change in the Japanese government’s stance that the 2015 settlement must be respected. He expressed hope that Seoul will take the same position.

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