A righteous resolution of the “comfort women” issue should begin with Japan’s clear and official acknowledgement of its crime and an apology. Therefore, follow-up measures such as issuance of legal reparations, prevention of reoccurrence, and right history education should not be an option and should be a part of resolution that follows the principle and common sense.
The agreement states that a foundation will be established by the Korean government and the Japanese government will fund its budget as a measure to heal psychological wounds of the victims. This reflects Japan’s intention of tossing its duties of taking follow-up measures to its victim country. In addition, Foreign Minister Kishida said, the fund is being provided for projects such as medical support and is not reparation. Thus, it is unclear if recovery measures will be further taken to restore the victims’ honor and dignity.