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Japan recalls envoy to South Korea over comfort-woman statue

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is recalling its ambassador to in response to the placing of a comfort-woman statue in front of its consulate in the Korean city of Busan.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (yoh-shee-hee-deh soo-gah) said Friday that both the ambassador in Seoul and the consul-general in Busan would be temporarily recalled.

Many Korean and other women in were forced to work in brothels for the Japanese military during World War II in what was called the "comfort-woman" system.

and reached an agreement to resolve their differences over the issue in late 2015, but some South Koreans have continued to protest. A comfort-woman statue has remained standing in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, and a similar one was put up in Busan recently.

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First Published: Fri, January 06 2017. 10:02 IST