Tag: comfort women
The Emperor of Japan is seen as "the son of the main culprit of war crimes" and Moon Hee-sang hopes for an apology from him before his abdication.
Japan expresses displeasure at South Korea's suggestion that the Emperor apologises for war crimes committed in his father's reign.
Kim was among the two dozen known surviving South Korean 'comfort women'.
Japan denounced an October South Korean Supreme Court ruling - which said a 1965 treaty did not remove the workers' right to reparations - as 'unthinkable'.
Analysts say the decision effectively negates a 2015 agreement between the two nations as relations deteriorate over lingering historical disputes.
Activists have in recent years set up dozens of statues in public venues around the world, many of them in South Korea, in honour of the victims.
The ceremonies marking the first "Memorial Day for Japanese Forces' Comfort Women Victims" threaten to exacerbate a sensitive diplomatic issue with Japan.
"Comfort women" was Japan's euphemism for Asian women forced to work in its wartime brothels early in the 20th century.
South Korean president says the 2015 agreement "cannot solve" historical issue and urges follow-up measures.
Foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha apologises for the controversial deal as a public-private panel appointed by her unveiled results of an investigation into it.
The mayor of Osaka has confirmed that his city's ties with San Francisco will be severed, following the acceptance of a controversial statue by the American city.
Here are some key questions about the issue.
200,000 women, mostly from Korea but also other parts of Asia, were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II.
Mainstream historians say up to 200,000 women, mostly from Korea but also other parts of Asia including China, were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II.