A special exhibition on wartime sex slavery is being held on the initiative of the South Korean government at an international comic book festival that began Thursday in Angouleme, southwestern France.
Japanese Ambassador to France Yoichi Suzuki expressed regret over the event, and the Japanese government plans to hand out brochures to visitors explaining Japan's stance on the issue.
"It is regrettable that a manga festival aimed at promoting cultural exchanges and mutual understanding is instead used for a political cause," Suzuki told French media on Wednesday.
The brochures are expected to state that all issues related to individual compensation for women who were forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II have been settled under a 1965 treaty on the normalization of ties between Japan and South Korea.
The embassy has prepared the brochures in French, Korean and English.
The 41st round of the event, one of the largest manga festivals in Europe, runs through Feb. 2.