Japan's Foreign Policy Options Following Asahi's "Comfort Women" Retraction
Kazuhiko Togo's article about the compensation. He served as director-general of the European and Oceanic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Japan’s relations with South Korea today are haunted by the past, having become severely strained over the “history” issue and competing territorial claims. Perhaps the first place to start in seeking a rapprochement, in my opinion, would be the dispute involving wartime “comfort women.” This is not because this is an easy issue to resolve but because all other disputes are far too complicated. Compared to the situation at the beginning of this year, moreover, I have seen what appear to be nascent signs of improvement.