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    Around 700 people took part on Wednesday in a rally regarding the issue of "comfort women" in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, local media said.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — On Monday, Japan and South Korea reached an agreement, according to which the Japanese government apologized for the sexual enslavement of Korean women during WWII and pledged to pay 1 billion yen (US$8.3 million) to the victims.

    The Yonhap news agency said that the demonstration was attended by two surviving former "comfort women." Only 46 of them are said to be still alive.

    The agency said, quoting a former "comfort woman," that the protesters demanded sincere apology from the Japanese government, and insisted that Tokyo should bear legal responsibility.

    The country’s authorities claimed that around 200,000 women, mainly Korean, were forced to become "comfort women" and provide sex services in brothels for Japanese soldiers during World War II, when Japan was in control of the Korean Peninsula.

    The "comfort women" rally is held every Wednesday in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul since 1992.

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