Japan denies fresh proposals made to S. Korea on "comfort women"
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba on Friday flatly denied media reports saying the Japanese government recently put forward three fresh proposals to South Korea in an attempt to resolve the dispute over women who were forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military （日本軍の為の性奴隷制度に強制された女性たち） during World War II.
Gemba told reporters that the reports by several South Korean media outlets on Thursday are baseless. MBC television said the contents of one of the proposals involve the Japanese government's providing direct compensation to former so-called comfort women （前いわゆる慰安婦）.
Japan has maintained the issue was settled when the two countries signed a diplomatic normalization treaty in 1965, saying that its associated accord dissolved Seoul's right to claim individual compensation.
Diplomatic sources familiar with bilateral matters said it is "unthinkable" that the Japanese government would make reparations.
The two other proposals are one in which Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda would apologize to South Korean President Lee Myung Bak and another in which Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Masatoshi Muto would apologize to the women, MBC said.
The Mainichi 2012.6.1