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Deeply scarred by the Second World War and the Korean War in 1950, South Korea has been slow to come up with concrete justice initiatives. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up between 2005 and 2009 to deal with the atrocities perpetrated by various authorities since 1910, has struggled to achieve satisfactory results. Koreans are still caught up in a socio-political environment that is hampering the transitional justice process. Investigations are underway into the disappearances, kidnappings and prisoners of the North Korean regime. Finally, a point of diplomatic tension remains between Seoul and Tokyo: the issue of  "comfort women", the 200,000 South Korean women who were forced into prostitution by the Japanese army during the Second World War. Justice Info offers 100% independent information backed up by the in-depth analyses of our international justice experts.

Seoul court decision reignites Japan-Korea war of memory

A South Korean court has ordered Japan to compensate 12 sex slaves of the Japanese army during occupation of the country, just as the new US administration is urging appeasement between its two regional allies.  The court decision is symbolic, as it concerns only four survivors, and the reparations are unlikely to be paid.
By Nicolas Rocca
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