Comfort lady statue as yet staying point in interpretating Dec. 28 understanding


South Korea and Japan say after outside priest's meeting that they plan to "loyally actualize" a year ago's concurrence on solace ladies

Subsequent to meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se for over 40 minutes at the International Convention Center in the Laotian capital of Vientiane on July 25, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told South Korean columnists that Seoul and Tokyo were "in agreement" about attempting to dependably actualize the understanding about the solace ladies that the two governments came to on Dec. 28, 2015.

In a public statement issued after the meeting, South Korea's Foreign Ministry likewise declared that "the two priests had consented to continue cooperating to steadfastly execute the assention."

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Yun and Kishida's meeting happened around seven months after the assention was come to. In a circumstance where the two governments have for quite some time been at loggerheads over how to translate the Dec. 28 assention, it is huge that the two priests have gone to a comprehension about "attempting to steadfastly execute the understanding."

With the South Korean government wanting to push ahead with the official dispatch of the Reconciliation and Healing Foundation that is proposed to "reestablish the notorieties and nobility of the previous solace ladies and to mitigate their mental anguish" as guaranteed in the Dec. 28 assention (in spite of the extreme restriction of Kim Bok-dong, Lee Yong-su and the other surviving solace ladies and the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, called Jeongdaehyeop), this constitutes a joint message from Seoul and Tokyo.

Be that as it may, looking at the announcements made by the two governments after the meeting, there are a few regions where Seoul and Tokyo don't have all the earmarks of being seeing eye to eye.

In the first place is the planning of the 1 billion-yen spending gift that the Japanese government has guaranteed to designate once the South Korean government sets up the Reconciliation and Healing Foundation. Second is whether the Japanese government will manage the topic of evacuating and migrating the solace ladies statue from before the Japanese Embassy in South Korea independently from the 1 billion-yen (US$9.5 million) award or whether it will adequately interface the two (maybe amazing its requests).

The South Korean Foreign Ministry expects that the Japanese government will give the 1 billion yen not long after the foundation of the Reconciliation and Healing Foundation.

Be that as it may, this appears to conflict with what an authority from the Japanese Foreign Ministry told Japanese columnists after the gathering. "Despite everything we have some further issues to work out with South Korea as to the work to be done after the cash [1 billion yen] is given. Along these lines, the planning of the 1 billion-yen award has not yet been chosen," the authority said.

At the point when gotten some information about this issue, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said, "To guarantee that the establishment is propelled rapidly and that its projects are executed easily, the two pastors have consented to cooperate firmly through considerations between chief general level authorities from both sides."

However, an authority from the Japanese Foreign Ministry offered a lukewarm reaction. "No deliberative gatherings have been planned for executive general level authorities," the authority said.

This recommends a distinction of demeanor between South Korea, which plans to get Japan's 1 billion-yen concede soon, and Japan, which needs to drag out the wrangling somewhat more.

The distinctive dispositions of the two governments seem, by all accounts, to be associated with the issue of the solace ladies statue, which has been the Achilles' heel of the Dec. 28 understanding.

At the point when asked whether the solace ladies statue had been said amid the meeting, an authority from South Korea's Foreign Ministry immovably denied that the subject had come up.

Yet, when asked the same inquiry by Japanese journalists, an authority from Japan's Foreign Ministry gave a questionable reaction. "Obviously, I at the end of the day expressed the need of reliably and unmistakably actualizing the understanding," the authority said.

This can be deciphered as implying that, regardless of the possibility that the Japanese did not expressly utilize the expression "solace ladies statue," they sent the message that evacuating the solace ladies statue would be important to keep actualizing the Dec. 28 assention.

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Considering that the larger part of individuals in the two nations have taken inverse perspectives about the solace ladies statue, the reality of the situation will become obvious eventually which of the two governments has made cases that are conflicting with what really happened in the gathering