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South Korean parliament passes “comfort women day” bill

All Saturday morning papers wrote that the South Korean parliament passed on Friday a bill to officially designate Aug. 14 as a day to commemorate the former comfort women. This is the date in 1991 when Kim Hak-soon became the first victim to give testimony about the hardships of the former comfort women. The bill will revise the existing law on providing support to the victims. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga commented on the passage of the bill by saying that he feels very uncomfortable about it and that Tokyo is concerned that it will throw cold water on the bilateral ties between Japan and South Korea at a time when the two nations are making efforts to develop a forward-looking relationship. Suga also said that the GOJ has lodged a fresh protest with the South Korean government over the bill’s passage.

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