Comfort women were women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army in occupied territories before and during World War II. The name «comfort women» is a translation of the Japanese ianfu (慰安婦), a euphemism for «prostitute(s)».
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said his government will give 1 billion yen ($8.3 million) to a fund to help those who suffered.
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said that as long as Tokyo sticks to its side of the deal, Seoul will consider the issue «irreversibly» resolved.
In addition, the two governments «will refrain from criticizing and blaming each other in the international society, including the United Nations,» Yun said at a joint news conference Monday.
Kishida said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
«expresses anew his most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women.»
Abe later stated himself: «I think we did our duty for the current generation by reaching this final and irreversible resolution before the end of the 70th year since the war.»…