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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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Xiaomi Confirms the Plans to Enter Japan in 2020: Report

Xiaomi hadn't revealed what products it would bring to Sweden, but the event page included the text "Smart Life Made Simple", which hinted at the company launching smart home products

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Xiaomi devices include Xiaomi smartphones, Mi TVs, Mi ecosystem and accessory products that were sold across mi.com, Mi Home, Flipkart, Amazon and offline partner stores. Wikimedia Commons

Wang Xiang, head of Xiaomi’s international operations, disclosed the company is set to enter Japan next year with high-performance smartphones offering at lower prices.

Wang said Xiaomi eventually hopes to partner with wireless carriers, the main distributors for phones in Japan, though he did not mention any specific names, Nikkei Asian Review reported on Tuesday.

Initially the products will be available exclusively through the company’s own sales channels, including online.

During the interactive media session, Wang also tried address data-privacy concerns surrounding Chinese companies.

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The highest demand among people was for of smartphones, followed by Mi ecosystem devices, accessories and Mi TVs. Wikimedia Commons

“We cooperate with … Google. We have a track record of respecting personal data protection rules in Europe, and we’ll do the same in Japan”, he said.

Additionally, Xiaomi is also set to make its debut in Sweden soon.

Also Read: Microsoft Gets Back with Nokia After a Failed $7 Billion Smartphone Deal

The smartphone player will hold an event in central Stockholm, Sweden, on November 13, which will kick off at 1 p.m. (local time).

Xiaomi hadn’t revealed what products it would bring to Sweden, but the event page included the text “Smart Life Made Simple”, which hinted at the company launching smart home products. (IANS)