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‘Comfort women’ and wartime sexual slavery: Subject of South Korea, Japan talks

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Seoul: South Korea and Japan will hold talks at a director general-level in Tokyo on Friday, to discuss militaristic Japan’s sex enslavement of Korean women during the Second World War, said Seoul’s foreign ministry on Thursday.

The ninth round of talks about ‘comfort women’, a euphemism for women forced into sex slaves for the Imperial Japan’s military brothels during its 1910-45 colonisation of the Korean Peninsula, will be held for the first time in about three months, Xinhua reported.

Lee Sang-deok, director-general of Northeast Asian affairs bureau at South Korea’s foreign ministry, flew to Tokyo for talks with Junichi Ihara, director-general of the Japanese foreign ministry’s Asian and Oceanian affairs bureau.

interphoto_1401292689South Korea called for Japan to sincerely apologise for and compensate for the wartime sexual brutalities, but Japan claimed that all issues on sexual slavery were already resolved with the 1965 treaty that normalised diplomatic ties between Seoul and Tokyo.

During the previous round held in Tokyo in June, South Korea and Japan allegedly narrowed down differences on the ‘comfort women’ issue, but they had yet to reach a full agreement.

(IANS)

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Tech Giant Samsung Temporarily Shuts Smartphone Plant in Gumi Due To Coronavirus Case

The Gumi plant produces Samsung's flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone

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Samsung plans to complete disinfection work at the plant in Gumi, 260 kms southeast of Seoul, by Sunday and resume operations at the plant on Monday, Yonhap news agency reported. Pixabay

Samsung Electronics said on Saturday that it has temporarily shut down a smartphone plant in the South Korean city of Gumi, shortly after a plant employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Samsung plans to complete disinfection work at the plant in Gumi, 260 kms southeast of Seoul, by Sunday and resume operations at the plant on Monday, Yonhap news agency reported.

Employees who made contact with the virus patient have quarantined themselves as a precautionary measure to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Samsung said.

A company official said the temporary shutdown is unlikely to affect the production of smartphones.

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Samsung Electronics said on Saturday that it has temporarily shut down a smartphone plant in the South Korean city of Gumi, shortly after a plant employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Wikimedia Commons

The Gumi plant produces Samsung’s flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone.

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South Korea reported 229 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections in the nation to 433. The country reported the second death of a coronavirus patient on Friday. (IANS)