Protesters hold pictures of "comfort women" during a protest urge Japan to apologize, outside Japan's de facto embassy in Taipei, Taiwan August 14, 2018. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
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South Korea marked its first "memorial day" on Tuesday for girls and women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels, with both of the U.S. allies expressing concern that the emotionally charged issue could undermine their relations.Under a 2015 deal, Japan apologized to the "comfort women", its euphemism for women -- many of them Korean -- forced to work in its wartime brothels, and provided a 1 billion yen (now $9.4 million) fund to help them.Japan insists the issue was resolved by the 2015 deal, struck with a previous, conservative South Korean administration.Japan has protested over monuments in South Korea dedicated to the women, including one in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, as well as the decision to designate a day to remember the women.
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