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President Moon Jae-in says the government will continue efforts to resolve the so-called comfort women issue until South Korean victims are repaid with restoration of their dignity and honor.
In a video message for a ceremony on Friday commemorating sexual slavery victims, Moon reaffirmed his administration's commitment to taking a "victim-centered" approach toward the issue of Japan's wartime sexual slavery.
In 2017, South Korea designated August 14 as the Japanese Military Comfort Women Victims Memorial Day.
It was on this day in 1991 when Kim Hak-soon became the first victim to testify about her suffering.
Historians say up to 200,000 women, mostly Koreans, were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II.
South Korea continues to call on Japan to offer a sincere apology and compensation.
There are currently only 17 surviving victims in South Korea.
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