Saturday’s Mainichi wrote from Seoul that the South Korean government has not taken any substantive measures to achieve a breakthrough in the comfort women dispute with Japan, projecting that it will be difficult to resolve the issue before President Moon steps down next May. As Tokyo has made it clear that it will never make any concessions on the 2015 bilateral accord affirming the “final and complete resolution” of the dispute, the Moon administration has allegedly been trying to identify a solution that will alleviate the victims’ suffering. However, no progress has been made in discussions between the government, the victims, and their support groups in part due to differences of opinion.
In a related development, Kyodo wrote that President Moon said in a video message for an online event held on Saturday in memory of a former comfort woman that his administration is committed to resolving the history dispute with a “victim-centered” approach. However, he did not present any concrete ideas for the proposed approach and he did not criticize Japan