Japan, S. Korea to hurry setting up of fund to help 'comfort women'
Kyodo -- May 18
Japan and South Korea agreed Monday to accelerate efforts to set up a foundation to help former "comfort women" procured for Japan's wartime military brothels, the centerpiece of a landmark bilateral deal struck last year, the Japanese government said.

The two countries confirmed in director general-level talks "the importance of steadily and swiftly following up on the Japan-South Korea agreement concerning comfort women," Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda told a press conference.

Under the deal, Tokyo pledged to provide 1 billion yen ($9 million) for the new South Korean foundation, but the two governments have yet to set it up, apparently due to public opposition to the deal in both countries.

日本と韓国は外務省の局長協議を行い、元慰安婦を支援する財団の設立など、去年末に外­務大臣どうしで合意した内容を早期に実行に移していく考えで一致しました。
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