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In Korea, dissolve the fund to help women victims of Japanese brothels
South Korea announced the dissolution of the fund for former comfort woomen
The Seoul Ministry of Gender Equality and Family has announced that it will take legal steps to dissolve the fund, which was created by agreement of 2015, by the foreign ministers of the two countries. The fund provided financial assistance to 34-victims of sexual exploitation during the Second World War to women and 58 relatives of the victims.
Lee Nam Hong, an official from the Ministry of Gender Equality, said the Seoul Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to consult with Tokyo on what to do with 1 billion yen ($ 8,8 million) that Japan provided to the fund.
“After reviewing different opinions about the“ Conciliation and Healing Foundation ”focused on the victims, we decided to dissolve the fund,” said the Minister for Gender Equality Jin Sung Mi in a statement. According to her, the Ministry will continue to pursue a policy aimed at “restoring the honor and dignity” of the victims of sexual slavery.
South Korea has promised to refrain from criticizing Japan on this issue. The agreement, according to which Japan provided funds for a fund to help former "women comforters" and their families, was unpopular in South Korea.During the Second World War, not only in Korea, but also in other countries of Southeast Asia, where the Japanese military conducted operations, so-called "comfort stations" were created for soldiers, or, in other words, military brothels. The number of girls involved in prostitution at that time was tens and even hundreds of thousands.