A pending agreement between Japan and South Korea that would provide “comfort women” with compensation and an apology from the Japanese government, if it remains standing, also would be a boon to U.S. relations with both countries, Sasakawa USA’s Tobias Harris said in an article by Bloomberg News.
“Closing the book on the comfort women issue would enable [Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe to appear statesmanlike and would remove a pretty sticky thorn not only in Japan’s relations with South Korea but also with the United States,” Harris said in the article.
Tobias Harris is the Fellow for Economy, Trade and Business at Sasakawa USA, specializing in topics including Japanese politics, the Japanese political economy, US-Japan economic relations, Japanese public administration and Abenomics. He can be reached via email at . View more of his research and analysis here.