A “comfort woman” statue and portraits of late victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery system occupy some of the 300 chairs placed at Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Square, as demonstrators take part in a performance themed “A Promise Inscribed on an Empty Chair”, on December 27. Photo: EPA-EFE/Yonhap

Why Japan needs to revisit the 2015 ‘comfort women’ deal with South Korea

Jeff Kingston says the flawed bilateral agreement, as South Korean President Moon Jae-in asserts, ignores the wartime victims and risks deepening historic resentment. It is time for Japan to take the measure of what it inflicted and make genuine amends

Topic |   Legacy of war in Asia

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A “comfort woman” statue and portraits of late victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery system occupy some of the 300 chairs placed at Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Square, as demonstrators take part in a performance themed “A Promise Inscribed on an Empty Chair”, on December 27. Photo: EPA-EFE/Yonhap
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