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Japan on edge as South Korea reviews 'comfort women' deal

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Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (left) with South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- South Korea's attempt to revisit a 2015 accord with Japan on wartime "comfort women" is rekindling tensions between the two countries as Tokyo objects to the move as backtracking on their shared goal of achieving a final resolution.

The "comfort women" accord loomed large Tuesday in talks between South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono. South Korean President Moon Jae-in's government convened a special task force to review the agreement after coming to power earlier this year, and Kang's first official visit to Japan aims in part to update Tokyo on that process, according to a Japanese government source.

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