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Japan-South Korea rift

Comfort women ruling frays South Korea-Japan ties ahead of Biden era

US president-elect's 'united front of allies' faces challenge from the get-go

A statue symbolizing wartime "comfort women" near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul: The countries still face tensions over the issue despite a 2015 agreement designed to "finally and irreversibly" put it to rest.   © AP

SEOUL/TOKYO -- Relations between Japan and South Korea have plumbed new lows after a South Korean court ordered Tokyo to pay reparations to former wartime "comfort women," further eroding trust between the two countries leading into U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

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