Comfort Women issue reason for LMB’s visit to Dokdo

August 14, 2012 by admin
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Published on Aug 14, 2012 by CSFRieti

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says Japan’s reluctance to address the issue of so-called comfort women prompted his visit to disputed islets in the Sea of Japan. Both Japan and South Korea claim sovereignty of the group of islets, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan. Lee said he had been planning the visit since 2009. He said he tried to make the trip last year but was prevented by bad weather. The president said he decided to take action after last December’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Kyoto. At the talks, Noda demanded the removal of a monument to South Korean women forced into brothels to work for Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Lee said he was unhappy with Noda’s reluctance to resolve the issue. Lee said he had anticipated the Japanese reaction to his visit. He also said Japan’s influence in the international community has changed. Observers say Lee’s visit may also have been prompted by public opinion. A government poll taken after Lee’s visit suggests that nearly 85 percent of public approved of the trip. About 12 percent expressed concern about negative consequences, including diplomatic friction with Japan. Aug. 13, 2012 – Updated 22:54 UTC (07:54 JST)

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