South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan tabled the issue of Japan paying compensation to women claiming to have been coerced into providing sex for Imperial Japanese Forces before and during World War II.
Genba, however, was not willing to discuss the matter.
“The issue was solved in the 1965 normalization agreement between Japan and South Korea, which dealt with outstanding claims,” he said. “This issue should not be allowed to exert a negative impact6 on Japan-South Korea relations.”
Japan has acknowledged its military used sex slaves, but refuses to directly compensate the victims individually. In 1995, Japan set up a fund to help deal with claims by women who said they had been forced into providing sexual services.