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Japan-South Korea rift

'Comfort women' settlement fails to settle Japan-South Korea row

Tokyo hopes key player Biden will push Seoul to improve ties

Fumio Kishida, then-Japanese foreign minister, and his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se shake hands after a December 2015 news conference in Seoul.    © Kyodo

SEOUL -- Five years after Tokyo and Seoul agreed to resolve the issue of wartime "comfort women" once and for all, progress is threatened as commemorative statues continue to go up and ongoing lawsuits demand further compensation from Japan.

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