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Korea, Japan hold 2nd round of "comfort women" talks
Updated: 2014-05-15 22:45:50 KST

Senior diplomats from Korea and Japan held a second round of talks in Tokyo on Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War Two.
But apparently they didn't get very far.
In a statement, Seoul's foreign ministry said the two sides held an in-depth discussion on
ways to resolve the so-called comfort women issue.
More than 200-thousand women, mostly Korean, were forced to serve as sex slaves to the Japanese military at so-called "comfort stations" in the early 20th century.

But will Tokyo have a change of heart? Probably not. Earlier we spoke with an expert who seems to question Japan's sincerity in the talks.

"I think Japan is just is just paying Seoul lip service in this regard because President Obama has nudged Tokyo in this direction. And also because Japan wants to get relations back on track with South Korea to counter challenges from China and North Korea."

Tokyo claims the issue was settled through a 19-65 treaty when the two countries normalized diplomatic ties, but Seoul is demanding an official apology from Japan and legal compensation for the so-called comfort women.
The next meeting will take place in June in Seoul.

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