Quick Glance: S Korean Court Orders Japan to Compensate Former 'Comfort Women'
- A South Korean appellate court has ordered Japan to compensate a group of 16 women forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels, overturning a lower court ruling and prompting a stern protest from Tokyo.
- The legacy of Japan's colonial rule of the Korean peninsula remains politically sensitive, with many surviving 'comfort women' still demanding Tokyo's formal apology and compensation.
- Bilateral relations between the two U.S. allies have been strained for years by the issues of wartime sex abuse and forced labor, but South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have sought to improve ties.
- In response to the court's decision, Japanese vice minister for foreign affairs Masataka Okano summoned South Korean ambassador Yun Dukmin to lodge a 'strong protest'.
Quick Glance: China, Japan, South Korea Enhance Trilateral Cooperation
- The foreign ministers of China, Japan, and South Korea agreed to restart cooperation and pave the way for a summit of their three leaders.
- The three diplomats met in Busan, South Korea, to advance cooperation in six areas and promote concrete discussions to prepare for the summit.
- The ministers condemned North Korea's launch of its first spy satellite and agreed to boost responses to arms deals between Pyongyang and Moscow.
- South Korea's foreign minister emphasized the need to institutionalize trilateral cooperation to develop a stable and sustainable system.
Quick Glance: Nissan to Produce Two New Electric Models in Sunderland
- Japanese carmaker expected to invest around £1bn in its UK plant
- Decision to manufacture electric successors in Sunderland aided by financial support from the British government
- Manufacturing electric successors in Sunderland removes uncertainty about the future of the 6,000-worker plant
- Announcement is a boost for the UK car industry in transitioning to electric vehicles
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Quick Glance: Yemen's Houthi rebels seize Israeli-linked ship, hold 25 crew members hostage
- Yemen's Houthi rebels seized an Israeli-linked cargo ship in a crucial Red Sea shipping route, holding 25 crew members hostage and raising regional tensions.
- Backed by Iran, the rebels hijacked the ship due to its Israel connection and took the crew as hostages.
- The 25 crew members had various nationalities, including Bulgarian, Filipino, Mexican, and Ukrainian, with no Israelis on board.
- The rebels claimed to be treating the crew members 'in accordance with their Islamic values,' without elaborating on the meaning.
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