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Japan and South Korea reach historic deal on 'comfort women' abused during Second World War

Published 28/12/2015 | 06:35

South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-Se, right, and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida at the start of their meeting (AP)
South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-Se, right, and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida at the start of their meeting (AP)

South Korea and Japan have reached a deal to resolve a decades-long impasse over Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during the Second World War.

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Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida says his prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is offering an apology and that Tokyo will finance an aid fund for the elderly former sex slaves to be set up by South Korea.

The issue of former Korean sex slaves, euphemistically known as "comfort women," is the biggest source of friction in ties between Seoul and Tokyo.

The neighbours are thriving democracies, trade partners and staunch US allies, but they have seen animosity rise since the 2012 inauguration of the hawkish Mr Abe.

Press Association

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