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Japan, South Korea reach agreement to settle 'comfort women' dispute

A "comfort woman" statue is seen in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, in this Sept. 1, 2012, file photo. (Mainichi)

Talks between Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se concluded on Dec. 28 after they reached an agreement over the "comfort women" issue, including a lump-sum payment from Japan to South Korea to establish a foundation for supporting former comfort women.

Kishida spoke on behalf of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying Abe expressed "a heartfelt apology and remorse" over the issue.

Yun said that the two countries confirmed that they had reached a decisive and irreversible settlement over the issue.

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