The United States and Japan have re-affirmed their support of the 2015 agreement regarding comfort women between Japan and South Korea.
During World War II, Japan soldiers had forced South Korean women to act as sex slaves. Some of them may have been raped. Those women have come to be known as Comfort women. Comfort women stories and Comfort women testimonies had been told over the years. Eventually, people had protests regarding these South Korean comfort women.
The US Deputy Secretary of State name John Sullivan and the Japanese Vice Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama had recently talked about the 2015 Comfort women deal at the State Department. They are meeting because South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump are meeting soon at the White House. The Japanese and US representatives have decided that the comfort deal should be forward.
The recently new president of South Korea named Moon is not a supporter of the agreement. It was actually his predecessor named Park Geun-hye who was more conservative then the current president. The current president feels that the South Korean people are not fans of the deal.
Sugiyama let Sulican know Japan will continue to implement this deal that every country including the United States has highly valued.
Sugiyama did brief the reporters after the meeting with Sullivan at the US State Department.
As part of this agreement, Japan has already disbursed 1 billion Japanese yen to South Korea to give the affected comfort women.
Sugiyama’s boss, Prime Minister Shinzo-Abe has told the comfort women that Japan apologizes and feels really guilty for the suffering that his country caused.
The current South Korean administration does not fully endorse the agreement. They believe that it should be renegotiated to more reflect what the comfort women as far as an agreement.
In the talks between Sugiyama and Sullivan, Sugiyama let Sullivan know that Japan and President Moon of South Korea had started n new bilateral negotiations and they had gone well so far.
Since North Korea seems to be developing nuclear missiles, Japan wants to make sure that South Koream, Japan and America are coordinating well.
Sugiyama and Sullivan have agreed that the two countries must continue to apply pressure to ensure that the North Korea stops its missile and nuclear programs. Sanctions should help stop these programs.
Japan and the United States both think that they should apply to Chinaa as well. China is the main economic and diplomatic support er of North Korea and it is hoped that China can influence North Korea to deescalate the situation.
The 1025 comfort women deal is considered to be a success for Abe, the prime minister of Japan and for the United States. The US feels that Japan and South Korea should concentrated on what is happening with North Korea. They should bury the hatchet over old grievances between the countries and set its sights on North Korea.
When the Korean comfort women agreement was made in 2015, the South Korean president at the time, Park Geun-hye, had the same lack of enthusiasm as the current South Korean administration. She jus felt that it was a good start to build trust and get to a point where the two countries have an open relationship.