August 25, 2016 11:23
The Japanese Cabinet meeting on Wednesday approved a plan to pay 1 billion yen into a foundation supporting Korean victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery.
Tokyo said it will pay W100 million to each of the 46 surviving sex slaves in Korea and W20 million to the heirs of each of the 199 who have died (US$1=W1,121). This is the first time that Tokyo has announced individual compensation for survivors of the World War II atrocity.
The money will be given to the foundation, which was established by the Korean government under an agreement with Tokyo.
"The foundation will contact the women and their families to determine exact numbers of recipients and pay an adequate amount based on what the governments of Korea and Japan agreed," a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said.
The money will be used to cover the medical costs of the survivors and reimburse the funeral costs of those who have died or to provide scholarships for their descendants. Besides individual compensation the foundation will also support to projects aiding the victims. Both governments will monitor the spending.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida explained the latest steps to Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se in a meeting Wednesday afternoon and asked Seoul to move a statue of a sex slave in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.
Yun did not expressly respond to the request but answered that Seoul will "diligently" abide by the terms of the agreement.
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