18 Dec '11, 4am

S.Korea urges "courage" from Japan on sex slaves #px #p2

S.Korea urges "courage" from Japan on sex slaves #px #p2

KYOTO: South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak urged Japan Sunday to have the "courage" to compensate ageing wartime sex slaves before it is too late and let the two nations' relationship progress. Lee told Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto that the issue had prevented their countries from becoming "true partners" in the years since World War II. Japan, which insists the issue was legally settled four decades ago, promised only that it would "think carefully" from a humanitarian standpoint, but stopped well short of offering a fresh apology, officials said. "South Korea and Japan should become real partners for peace and stability in this region," the visiting South Korean president told his opposite number. "And for that to happen, we need to have the courage to resolve as a priority the issue of military comfort women, which has been a stumbl...

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