Japan recalls Korean envoy over statue

Friday, 6 January, 2017 - 12:15

Japan has temporarily withdrawn its ambassador to South Korea, amid an escalating row over a statue representing wartime sex slaves.

The statue was installed by activists outside the Japanese consulate in the South Korean city of Busan last month.

South Korea has long called for reparations for "comfort women", who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War Two.

Japan says the statue violates a previous agreement on the issue. South Korean activists put up the statue in Busan on 28 December as a protest against a deal struck exactly one year before, in which Japan apologised and promised to give 1bn yen ($8.6m) to a fund for Korean women.