Lee, Noda to hold talks in Japan amid tensions over "comfort women" issue   2011-12-17 19:28:39            

TOKYO, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's President Lee Myung Bak arrived in Japan on Saturday to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Kyoto city, amid tensions over wartime "comfort women" issue.

Lee's trip comes at a time when there have been growing calls in South Korea to address the issue of compensation for former sex slaves during World War II.

According to a South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman, during Lee and Noda's talks Sunday, Lee will raise the issue of compensation for comfort women. But the Japanese side has declined to say whether Noda will touch on the issue.

"How the matter will be dealt is ultimately the prime minister' s decision," Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said at a news conference Friday.


S Korea renews call for talks with Japan over compensating wartime sex slaves

SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's foreign ministry on Thursday renewed its much-repeated call on Japan to hold bilateral talks over compensating Korean women forced into sexual slavery under Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.

"We have been patiently waiting for an official response from Japan", foreign ministry spokesman Cho Byung-je told reporters in a briefing. "If the Japanese government does not respond to our proposal, we would have to resort to third-party arbitration." Full story

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