The South Korean government declared on Tuesday that the 2015 agreement was not a conclusive resolution to the issue of Japan's wartime atrocity, and although Seoul decided it will not seek to renegotiate the deal, it did call on Tokyo to offer a voluntary and honest apology to the surviving victims. Keeping this promise is an worldwide and universal principle.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha said on Tuesday that Seoul will not use any more of Tokyo's money for the surviving comfort women, and would fund the reparation from its own budget, prompting Japan to lodge a protest. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary later played down the report, saying it was not yet decided. "We can not accept South Korea's unilateral demands for additional measures", Abe told reporters. During Abe's visit, leaders will likely confirm their aim to promote inroads by corporate Japan there.
A metal panel flew off a Japanese government plane Thursday while it was en route from Tokyo to Hokkaido, the Air Self-Defense Force said.
In an editorial Friday, the Mainichi Shimbun said Abe's absence at the Olympics will only leave a strong impression of cooling ties between Seoul and Tokyo, which would only benefit North Korea.
The South Korean side also believes that prior to the deal being made with Japan, those who served as "comfort women" were not sufficiently consulted and their feelings not fully taken into account at the time. But the South Korean government has no closure. "It is also important to deal with Korea's relationship with Japan carefully".
In 1965, it struck a deal with South Korea when the two nations normalised ties to completely settle all civilian-related issues, including the comfort women and requisitioned workers during the war.
"In theory, historical issues can be separated from security issues, but in reality, it cannot", Kim told The Korea Herald. Seoul's foreign ministry said that a trilateral meeting among South Korea, the US and Japan is also being considered on the topic of North Korea and the latest inter-Korean talks.