Yasutoshi Nishimura

Tokyo demanded Seoul to restore aid fund

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The Japanese authorities made a statement to the South Korean side in connection with the termination of the Japanese foundation’s activities in the Republic of Korea to help so-called women for consolation – sexual slaves in the imperial army of Japan during the Second World War. This was stated by Deputy Secretary General of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan Yasutoshi Nishimura.

“The disbandment of the fund goes against the agreements between Japan and South Korea. We believe that such actions are unacceptable, in connection with which we made a submission to the South Korean side,” Nishimura said.

As reported by Kyodo, the process of dissolving the fund was completed in South Korea on Friday. An application for the termination of his activities was filed in mid-June this year, the authorities of the republic approved it this week. In 2015, after negotiations with the previous South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo formally apologized for the war crimes committed during the Japanese occupation and donated $ 8.9 million to the fund for victims of war crimes. This deal drew criticism in South Korea; after President Moon Jae-incame to power, a commission was formed to study the circumstances of the agreement between Seoul and Tokyo.

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