March 02, 2012 12:38
President Lee Myung-bak has again called on the Japanese government to take steps to tackle compensation for so-called comfort women who were pressed into sexual slavery during World War II.
In a speech marking the 93rd anniversary of the March 1 Independence Movement, Lee stressed that in order for the two countries to work together as genuine partners, Tokyo must have the courage and wisdom to face the historical truth. The apology and compensation for comfort women are "a humanitarian matter that must be resolved more urgently than any other pending issue," he said.
The president's comments come just a couple of months after he urged Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to settle the issue when they met in December.
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