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Lawyers file suit demanding disclosure of documents of Seoul-Tokyo deal

All News 18:34 February 29, 2016

SEOUL, Feb. 29 (Yonhap) -- A liberal lawyers' association filed a suit Monday seeking the disclosure of documents exchanged between Seoul and Tokyo in a landmark deal last year regarding Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II.

The Lawyers for a Democratic Society filed the suit against the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Seoul Administrative Court, demanding documents exchanged to reach an agreement on the usage of specific terms and facts such as the involvement of the military be disclosed.

"Even after the joint announcement between the two countries, Japan has been denying war crimes it committed and the coercion that took place in the process of the enslavement," the lawyers' association said.

Seoul and Tokyo announced the landmark deal in December to settle the dispute with Japan's acknowledgment of responsibility, an apology from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the Japanese government's offer of 1 billion yen (US$8.9 million) to support the victims.

Calls to scrap the deal have mounted as Japan has made repeated statements denying the forced nature of the sex slavery in the weeks following the agreement.

The legal action came a day ahead of the 97th anniversary of the Independence Movement on March 1, 1919, Korea's national uprising against Japanese colonial rule.

Historians estimate that more than 200,000 women, mostly from Korea, were forced to work in frontline brothels for Japanese soldiers during the war. Korea was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910 to 1945.


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