SINGAPORE, June 3 (Yonhap)-- Japan's defense minister said Saturday her government regards the so-called comfort women issue with South Korea as fully resolved.
Tomomi Inada said the historical matter shouldn't be allowed to hamper efforts to improve Seoul-Tokyo ties anymore, a view that runs counter to public sentiment in South Korea.
The neighboring countries have an "irreversible and final" agreement, she said, referring to a 2015 deal on Korean women who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II. Korea was under Japan's brutal colonial rule at that time.
"Japan has already done its part in the agreement," Inada said via translator during a session at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual regional security forum held in this city state. "This is a country-to-country agreement."
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