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Japan PM urges S.Korea to remove 'comfort woman' statue

Workers setting up a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing "comfort women" who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II outside the Japanese consulate in BusanJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on South Korea to remove a statue of a “comfort woman” which has reignited a diplomatic row over Tokyo’s wartime sex slavery. Tensions spiked on Friday when Tokyo recalled its ambassador over the statue which was placed outside its consulate in Busan last month, symbolising women forced to work in Japanese military brothels mostly during World War II. Japan argues it is against a 2015 agreement between the neighbours meant to put an end to the hugely emotional and decades-long “comfort women” issue with a Japanese apology and payment of money.

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