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S. Korea to give funds provided by Japan to sexually enslaved victims

All Headlines 15:54 August 25, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea decided to use Japan's comfort women fund to financially assist Korean women sexually enslaved by Japanese troops during Japan's colonial-rule of the Korean Peninsula decades ago, a foreign ministry official said Thursday.

Seoul will provide 100 million won (US$89,581) to surviving victims who were forced to serve in military brothels, and 20 million to family members of victims who have already passed away. The money will be made available once Tokyo transfers 1 billion yen (US$9.96 million) it has committed to provide in the landmark deal to settle the long-running diplomatic feud in December.

"The cash provision is intended to restore honor and dignity of the comfort women victims and to heal their wounds," the ministry official said.

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