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Japan Rejects South Korea Mention of Wartime ‘Comfort Women’ at UN

Japan formally complained on Monday after South Korea’s foreign minister raised the issue of wartime “comfort women” at the top U.N. rights body, while warning that it should not be allowed to harm bilateral relations at a critical time in east Asia. “Comfort women” was Japan’s euphemism for Asian women — many of them Korean — forced to work in its wartime brothels. Under a 2015 deal, Japan apologized to the women and provided a 1 billion yen (now $9.4 million) fund to help them, but...

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