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Japan recalls South Korean ambassador over ‘comfort women’ statue

Japan has temporarily recalled its ambassador to South Korea over this statue commemorating Korean women forced to work as sex slaves for the Japanese in World War II.

Tokyo is also suspending economic dialogue with Seoul over the issue.

The statue was put up outside the Japanese consulate in Busan in December, in protest at an agreement struck a year ago between the two countries which was aimed at settling the long-running controversy.

It is one of many such monuments but Tokyo claims the new one violates the accord, under which Japan apologised and promised to pay eight million euros to a fund for Korean women.

“The installation of the statute near the Japanese consulate in Busan will not have a positive impact on Japan-South Korea relations, and it is strongly regrettable as we believe it is a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations,” said Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga.

The issue of the so-called “comfort women” has long damaged ties between the two countries.

An estimated 200,000 women, many from Korea, were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during the war.

Others came from elsewhere in Asia, including China and the Philippines.

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  • Pointless move. Japanese should have trolled back with some statue in Yasukuni.
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  • Like they do not have many issues already, lets dwell on old ones.

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  • Wtf.

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  • Coming from the country that celebrats their annual PENIS FESTIVAL
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  • Tly aporogizing again, sank you

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  • The japps should own up to their actions and not bitch and moan everytime someone reminds them of their filthy laundry.

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    • @AmericaFkYeah 
      if USA doesn't stop the chinese pervert expansion, with contaminating anti-jap hatred , the no limits chinese will invade USA after invading the prettiest women asian country (Japan, Idian peninsula)

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    • Good for you America no one reminds you of your filthy laundry so far.

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  • The west have forgotten there are estimated (by Dutch government) over 1,000 white women used as comfort women by Japanese during WWII. Since white women are popular, they are forced to service double the number of Japanese soldiers. Well, you don't need justice for these women too, eh?

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    • @sok8888 Japan has apologized to ALL PEOPLE who were wronged by them. As for punishment, the thousands of Japanese women and babies burned alive in fire bombings and atomic blasts should also count for something.

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    • @wellybub 
      Japan did not apologized. The word they used is regret. And even with regret, their politicians have always denied they said that immediately whenever they talk to their own people. You have been fed shit and though it is chocolate.

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    • @wellybub The Atomic Bomb was a result from war they crave for.

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    • You just only see what you want to see. Don't forget Korea became a part of Japan and fought against USA voluntarily when WW2. Most comfort women were Japanese and they never required apology and money because they realized this is the war even if they were sold by their parents. Skorea required at least 3 times and now saying more. you also don't forget father of Park Geun-hye organized comfort women for USA soldiers when the Korea war. People who know these facts will be laughed at your beha More..

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    • @sok8888 
      Hey, Korean. You should die asap... No meanings to live.

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  • 200,000 hookers their pimp must have been loaded.

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  • 'Comfort women' really downplays the whole enslaved for sex aspect.

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  • Skorea broke the Japan-Skorea deal again. They say lies like they breath. Japan is not their ATM so should't relate them anymore.

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  • Comfort food.

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  • just swallow hard and stfu . then its over...now you've turned it into an issue again

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  • bukkake time..!

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  • Can't they just settle this shit and get along, it's been 70+ years now!

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    • @Goiter McFundus 
      Dude, you didn't know how the Japanese treat Korean-Japanese living in Japan today (these are decedent of Korean slave labour brought to Japan before and during WWII). Every once in a while the Japanese kicked some them to North Korea, not south Korea, deliberately!!! Go read about it.

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    • Don't say a lie easily.245 people were conscripted and others were illegal alien.Korean-Japanese commit crimes with higher probability than Japanese.They ripped off easily.It was reasones why Japanese keep them a distance. Even now young S korean come to Japan to become comfort women, so Japanese gv limitted under 26 not to come to Japan.You should fact this unpleasant truth.

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    • @nanako 
      It is 2.4 million forced labour, dude. Some of them are westerners, American prisoners.

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    • I know Chinese lucky number is 8. When I went to the Vancouver, there were many chinese and Koreans. Poor sok8888, you can't live your own country,dirty China.

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    • liar. most of them came to japan voluntarily, often even illegally, and didn't wanna go back to Korea (north or south). Brainwashed Koreans...

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  • chinese Devil contaminates everybody with the confort women problem

    be the slaves of the chinese, they will never help you

    chinese will never claim vengeance against the mongols because they have ugly women

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  • Why is it that in Europe we have forgiven the Germans while in Asia this is still an issue?

    I find the idea that you hold the current generation responsible for what past generations did utterly retarded.

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    • @Eleriol 
      In Europe, the current generation accepted responsibility and admit the past wrong. In Japan, their current generation claimed the victims are liars. Would you be happy if Germany claimed Hitler is a good man and the rest of Europe and Jews are liars?

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    • @sok8888 Japan has apologized numerous times. And you can't prove they are NOT liars anyway. You just CHOOSE to believe on story over the other. Surely there were women who were forced into prostitution, but that doesn't mean the entire system was about forcing women into prostitution. Even if there were 200,000 comfort women, which is the HIGHEST estimate, 20,000 being the lowest, that can still be a system of LOTS OF PROSTITUTES some of whom were forced into it. Japan has already apologized f More..

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    • @wellybub 
      If you understood Japanese language, you would notice Japan never "apologize". They used the word "regret" to trick westerners into thinking it is an apology. You can easily find out this deception as there are numerous western historians who understood Japanese have written about it.

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    • Don't tell a lie. Japanese government officially apologized to woman in Kono statement.

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    • http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/women/fund/state9308.html

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  • Good for you Korea!

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    • @RightWingScum It's actually quite BAD for Korea. They show that they have no interest in reconciliation and only want to complain, by protesting Japan making the effort to compensate and apologize AGAIN about the issue, even though there is no actual real life reason why they should do anything anymore.

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    • @wellybub 

      A real apology would be accompanied by reparations for the women.

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    • Japan had already paid reparations for the comfort women at least 3 times and now they are requiring more. what is a real apology? Japan is not their ATM.

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    • @nanako 

      I do not feel sorry one bit for Japan. They committed a crime so now deal with it. By the way, Europe and AmeriKKKa owe reparations for their crimes towards Africa as well. They need to deal with that too.

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    • Don't you know the comfort women could receive the saraly when WW2. It was much expensive than Japanese soldiers. Were there any slaves who could receive high saraly in Africa?Don't compare with European and American did to Africa.

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  • The Japanese go on about living righteously but in reality when the shit goes down they behave as bad as the muslim scumbags..!!
    I'm surprised they've even acknowledged their sadistic crimes..

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  • Though Many scum immigrants from China and Korea,in Overseas, insult and speak ill of japan and Japanese, Anyway, women called comfort woman were only just prostitutes...

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  • Chinese taking over Korea, manipulating it mind

    Chinese destroyed Samsung S7 and laundry machines to kick the pro-USA president, while using the koreans for their confort women problem

    chinese women have never provided any sexual confort, neither in peace time

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  • If 200,000 women were kidnapped and forced to be prostitutes, what did Korean men do for that? So chiken? They couldn't save girls??? hahahahahaha

    korean and Chinese are really idiot and stupid...

    They always tell lies to try to get higher position than Japanese.

    Only they want Japan's image go down....

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  • nasty apathetic statue

    i see no confort in this woman or robot or girl

    demonic hatred statue made by the chinese. Chinese sure will say none of our business when a friend country needs help, only business

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  • I know people from Canada here are Anti-Japanism of China or Korea.

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  • Ignorance is overflowing.
    It is not Sex slave !!!
    This is an statue of a high income prostitute.

    Japan's response is appropriate.
    They violate the international "irreversible agreement on comfort women problem".
    This is mediated by the United States.

    Prime Minister Abe holds a telephone conversation with Mr. Biden.
    Abe "It is important for Korea to keep promises."
    The United States supported Japan in response.
    ”The comfort women issue"
    This is part of the More..

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  • Japan won't recognize their former korean ally anymore in few years, neither will the world

    They will become an arrogant speaker for the chinese

    Chinese will kick USA, and use korean industry to blakmail the whole world

    Korea will become a corrupted communist shithole

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