In my humble opinion, the biggest problem with the December 2015 Korea-Japan “Comfort Women Agreement” is that it does not seem to be based on genuine remorse. And sadly, genuine remorse is hardly something that can be persuaded or coerced.
The positives were that the Japanese government officially acknowledged responsibility + the government alone put up all the money. But the negatives were pretty negative. Japan failed to acknowledge legal responsibility + there were hardly any efforts other than money. And I guess the biggest negative was that the victims were not happy with it. (To me, this is kinda big!)
Ideally, Japan should acknowledge legal responsibility + enact a special law to compensate for the victims. More importantly, the Japanese government has to take active measures to educate the public. The Korean government, meanwhile, need to come up with an agreement that the victims are happy with. Then, they wouldn’t have to say things like, “Well, we did all we could…”
The passage is from Thinking of Answers: Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life by A.C. Grayling. Thanks for reading!