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Kishida says he understands comfort women statue in Seoul will be moved

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Mainichi)

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Jan. 4 that he understood a statue symbolizing comfort women would be "appropriately moved" from in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul as part of an agreement between Japan and South Korea over the comfort women issue.

    Speaking at a news conference, Kishida said he regarded Japan as having received clear and sufficient affirmation from the South Korean government that the agreement reached between the two countries in December last year is "final and irreversible."

    He stressed through his comments that he considered the statue's relocation a point of agreement between the two countries.

    In a joint news conference in South Korea following talks with Kishida, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se had stated that efforts would be made to appropriately resolve the issue, but did not clearly refer to the statue's relocation.

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