A South Korean court this week ordered the Japanese government to pay financial compensation to a number of surviving sex slaves used by the Imperial Japanese forces during World War Two.
According to a news agency in South Korea, the Seoul Central District Court ordered the Japanese government in Tokyo to compensate the former ‘comfort women’ to the tune of US$91,000 apiece.
At the time Japan paid South Korea a huge sum which was used by the-then government in Korea to rebuild a nation still reeling from the 1950-1953 Korean War a decade earlier.
Reinforcing this move half a century ago, Tokyo and Seoul reached another agreement just five years ago, in 2015, that “finally and irreversibly” settled any issues Korea wanted to raise.
At that time Japan once again apologised to South Korea whilst also putting together a one billion yen fund for any surviving comfort women.