Chairman Matt Salmon Statement on the Japan-Republic of Korea “Comfort Women” Agreement

Jan 6, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, today released the following statement on the Agreement reached by Japan and the Republic of Korea Regarding "Comfort Women"

“I wish to congratulate Japan and the Republic of Korea for their initiative to foster a joint agreement that settles the contentious, sensitive historical issue of “comfort women.” Such an agreement helps bring closure to the thousands of women who were subjected to sexual slavery during World War II. It is my hope that this agreement will truly “finally and irreversibly” solve the comfort women issue, though we will never forget these tragedies and will strive to prevent such an atrocity from ever happening again.

“I commend the leadership and courage of Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for jointly addressing a painful past that populations of both countries face. This development also paves the way for Japan and Korea to move forward towards a more cooperative and prosperous future, and I look forward to a more robust and dynamic relationship between two of our closest allies in Asia.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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