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South Korea rejects plan for forced labor victims

Seoul, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) A South Korean court today rejected the government's request to deposit on consignment compensation for a victim of forced labor by Japan in wartime.

The court rejected the government’s proposal for third-party compensation because it excludes the participation and apology of the Japanese companies involved.

The decision, made by a court of first instance in the southwestern city of Gwangju, came after the government initiated proceedings the day before to compensate 4 victims of forced labor during Japan’s colonial rule over the Korean peninsula between 1910 and 1945.

The affected people, who were among the 15 who won a lawsuit against Japanese companies in a 2018 South Korean Supreme Court ruling, vehemently protested against the government’s plan to compensate them on their own through a public foundation.

According to analysts, the Gwangju court’s decision could damage Seoul’s third-party compensation plan, which was drawn up in an effort to improve strained ties with Tokyo.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the South Korean Foreign Ministry regretted the decision, saying the matter had undergone a thorough legal review before initiating the process, and vowed not to accept the court’s decision.

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