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Japan-funded «comfort women» foundation to be dissolved: S. Korea

South Korea said Wednesday that it has decided to dissolve a foundation set up as a key pillar of a 2015 bilateral agreement with Japan to settle the issue of Korean women who were forced to work at Japanese wartime brothels.

The agreement, under which Japan provided 1 billion yen (about $ 8.8 million) to the foundation to help former «comfort women» and their families, has been unpopular in South Korea, but Seoul’s move could further strain bilateral ties.

The administration of President Moon Jae In has taken the view that the bilateral accord, reached under a previous administration, cannot settle the issue, and has taken steps to replace the Japanese fund with its own budget.

All — Kyodo News+

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