The matter is closed.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says Tokyo will not consider providing new compensation for the Korean women who served as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War 2.
Noda told the Wall Street Journal Saturday that Korean criticism that Japan's previous offerings were insufficient hurts Japan's feelings.
Noda went on to say that the matter of wartime compensation was completely and legally resolved when the two nations normalized ties in 1965.
He also said that the Japanese government set up a fund with private donations in 1995 to provide the female vicitims with compensation.
But Seoul has repeatedly said that the fund should come directly from the government.
Noda said, however, that he has been conducting backstage negotiations with his Korean counterpart on the matter, but he did not elaborate on what the discussions were.
Meanwhile, during the interview held ahead of his visit to the United Nations General Assembly, the prime minister warned China that its inflammatory reaction to a territorial dispute could weaken the Chinese economy by scaring away foreign investors.
Japan's purchase of islands in the East China Sea, claimed by both Japan and China, earlier this month has enraged China.
Over the past week, anti-Japanese demonstrations took place in more than 100 cities in China, Japanese factories were burned down and Chinese patrol ships entered territorial waters near the disputed island chain, known as Senkaku in Japan, and Diaoyu in China.
In contrast to his resolute stance against Korea, Noda expressed hope about holding a meeting with his Chinese counterpart in New York to defuse the tension.
Heo Seung-ha, Arirang News.