6 Months Later: The ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement

The Diplomat, May 11, 2016

Prakash Panneerselvam, Post Doctoral Associate, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Sandhya Puthanveedu, Research Intern, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

The DiplomatOn December 28th 2015, the foreign minister of Japan and Republic of Korea reached an agreement on the”comfort women” issue, supposedly bringing an end to a decades-old bilateral issue. Nearly six months later, the agreement reached at the foreign minister level needs to be formally implemented by both sides. But the growing discontent in both countries over the agreement and growing popularity for comfort women statues across the globe pose more serious challenge to both the agreement and the overall Japan-Korea relationship.

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