Okada Meets with Issue on Sexual Slavery During Japan Wartime

bearly-moving, Aug. 3, 2015, 11:21 a.m.

Katsuya Okada, the leader of Japan’s opposition Democratic Party, said on Monday that he felt “very sorry and shameful” that many South Korean victims of Japan’s wartime sex slavery has had to go through with the experience and that the issue still has not been resolved.

South Korea and Japan are looking to fix the issue, but little progress has been made as the latter country have been reluctant in sincerely apologizing for the past atrocity.

“As a Japanese politician, I feel very sorry and shameful that South Korean victims of Japan’s sex slavery has been suffering from agony,” Okada told reporters in Seoul.

He added, “as the two nations have been holding talks on the sex slave, I think that the issue can be smoothly resolved by making more efforts.”

The two countries are preparing to celebrate Aug. 15, marking the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from the colonization of Japan in 1910-1945 and the end of World War II. This year also marks the 50th year of diplomatic ties.

President Park Geun-hye has shunned the Prime Minister Sinzo Abe due to Japan’s attitude regarding the issue of sex slavery.

Okada says that Park wants to hold a summit with the Prime Minister as soon as this problem is resolved.

Abe will release a statement on Aug. 15 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, but analysts are doubtful that it will contain Japan’s apology toward the victims of sex trafficking.

Seoul is urging Abe to confirm the 1993 Kono and 1995 Murayama statements in his speech.

According to Foreign Ministry, Yun stressed during his meeting with Okada to issue an apology for the victims, as it will improve relations with the two countries. Okada mentioned that he wants to make 2015 the first year of better ties.

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