"The position of the Government of Japan is that if the Government of the ROK [Republic of Korea] attempts based on this report to change an agreement which has already been implemented, the Japan-ROK relationship will become unmanageable; therefore such an attempt cannot be acceptable whatsoever. The Government of Japan will strongly urge the ROK to ensure that the Government of the ROK continues to steadily implement the agreement as a 'final and irreversible' agreement," the statement said.
Earlier in the day, the South Korean taskforce to review the agreement on the comfort women issue published a report criticizing the content of the agreement itself. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that the agreement did not properly take into account the aspirations of Korean women, who had become victims of sexual slavery.
In December 2015, Japan and South Korea reached a deal on the issue, ending the long-standing diplomatic feud over "comfort women," with both sides having agreed to set up a foundation for sexually enslaved Korean women under the deal, which the Japanese government poured 1 billion yen ($8.8 million) into for the support of the surviving victims and their families. In December 2016, civic group activists erected the comfort woman statue next to the Japanese General Consulate in Busan, which provoked strong criticism from Japanese authorities.