The frosty ties between Korea and Japan are far from thawing.
The Japanese government says it will actively promote that Japan has committed "no sins" when it comes to forcing women to serve as sex slaves during World War Two.
The statement, made at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, is in response to a lawmaker's question about the Asahi Shimbun newspaper's decision in early August to retract what it called erroneous articles published in the '80s and '90s about the sexual slavery issue.
According to the statement, Japan will strengthen foreign communications so that its stance and handling of affairs receives a fair assessment by the international community.
The move goes against Korea's demand that Japan acknowledge and show sincerity about its historical wrongdoings, particularly the sexual enslavement of women.
The Seoul government also deplored on Wednesday that Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio a day earlier repeated Tokyo's claim to Korea's easternmost Dokdo Island, despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration's pledge to take steps to improve bilateral ties.
Adding fuel to the fire, a top cabinet official who has spearheaded efforts to deny Japan's wartime sexual enslavement, said she will visit a controversial war shine that honors A-class war criminals.
"When time allows, I will visit the Yasukuni Shrine."
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said there's nothing wrong with paying respect to those who lost their lives while fighting for the country.
With Korea and Japan on diverging paths, it seems highly unlikely that long-delayed bilateral summit talks will be arranged any time soon.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.