On Tuesday of December 19th, 2017, Japan encouraged South Korea to enforce their agreement made in 2015 on Korean comfort women. This event happened when the foreign minister from Seoul met with her correspondent during her first initial visit to Tokyo.
The South Korean President Moon Kae-in’s government was not in agreeance with the preconceived arrangement made in 2015, thereby, making it the main topic of discussion with the inclusion of North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
The dialogue between Kang Kyung-wha from South Korea and Taro Kono from Japan landed on the lap of Moon’s visit to China only one week before, in which he pursued a more precise cooperation with Beijing by punctuating the Japanese wartime aggression and his preferred dialogue with North Korea. Needless to say, Moon’s decisions were considered questionable amongst the people of Tokyo.
The visit that Kang to Tokyo was noted as a technique made by Seoul to demonstrate that not all the hassle was put toward China.
The 2015 agreement finally reached Park Geun-hye which was pointed at repairing bilateral ties that been suffering from friction between history and territory.
With these terms, Japan was able to understand that their military’s entanglement with wartime bordellos in occupied areas, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed a great deal of regret to the victims. At which point, a new foundation was put into place in order to support the women. In the end, South Korea finally announced that the issue was fixed.
These arrangements were supposed to allow the neighboring territories to move forward and focus on the future. However, this agreement somehow set off a great deal of contention from South Korea.
Currently, a task force of experts from the South Korean Foreign Ministry are looking over the deal in place. Upon their findings, which were published on December 27th, Moon’s government will have decided to either keep, reconstruct, or completely trash the entire arrangement.
Kang is expected to inform Kono about the overlook process as Kono restates Japan’s position that the original agreement should stay in place.
The idea of the visits made between Moon and Abe were also on the docket to discuss, also with the anticipation of the trilateral summit with China which Japan is scheduled to host the next scheduled meeting with talk of holding it sometime in the month of January.
If this trilateral meeting becomes too tiresome to plan, Seoul is more than prepared move forward by only bringing in Abe and Moon. She would then ask for Abe to make a visit to South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month of February.
The main objective for Seoul’s foreign minister for traveling to Tokyo was to make the attempt to form closer ties to Beijing, China. Japan is desperately trying to coax South Korea to keep protecting their own women and ensure their safety by continuing to uphold their end of the already-agreed-upon arrangement made three years ago. Now, the women of South Korea wait to find out what the final decision is going to be: To keep or not to keep, that is the question.