Number of the day December 28, 2015 2:13 PM




amount promised by Japan to compensate South Korea for the sexual slavery of Korean "comfort women" during World War II




An agreement was reached between Japan and South Korea today on the 70-year-old dispute over compensation for Korea's "comfort women", sex slaves taken by the Japanese Imperial Army during their rule of Korea during World War II.

The Japanese government issued an apology and agreed to pay $8.3 million to be put into a foundation to provide medical and other services to the 46 survivors who are still living today. In exchange, South Korea consented to consider the deal a “final and irrevocable resolution” of the issues and promised to not publicly criticize Japan any further for its response.

Japan made clear that their apology and commitment of funds were not legal reparations. Experts estimate that tens of thousands of Korean women were used as sex slaves during World War II, starting in the early 1930s.