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    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that South Korea should respect deal with Japan on women that were forced to work at Japan’s wartime military brothels.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged South Korea to respect its deal on women that were forced to work at Japan’s wartime military brothels.

    "It is important that both South Korean and Japanese governments show responsibility when implementing the agreement. Doing the opposite is not constructive," Abe said in a phone call with US Vice President Jo Biden, as quoted by the Kyodo news agency on Friday.

    Controversy persists around the issue of so-called "comfort women," with Japan claiming no documents prove Korean women were used as sex slaves, while several surviving victims have refused Japan’s compensation money without sufficient apologies.

    Earlier on Friday, Japan recalled its ambassador to South Korea after a new statue of a comfort woman appeared in front of its consulate in Busan to mark the first anniversary of the 2015 deal, which saw the Japanese government pour $9.61 million into a South Korean foundation to care for the surviving comfort women and their families.

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