Blue House Rejects Wartime Labor Fund Plan: S. Korean Paper


Seoul, Jan. 26 (Jiji Press)--The South Korean presidential office has vehemently opposed a plan to set up a fund to support people who were requisitioned from the Korean Peninsula by Japanese firms for work in Japan during World War II, the Chosun Ilbo reported Saturday.

According to the major daily in South Korea, the country's diplomatic authority had made a proposal to the Blue House that Seoul swiftly resolve the wartime labor issue by establishing such a fund jointly with not only Japanese companies concerned but South Korean firms that benefited from an accord to settle property claims signed along with the 1965 Japan-South Korea treaty to establish diplomatic relations.

But the presidential office rejected the idea, saying it is not a matter that the government should get involved, the newspaper said.

The Chosun Ilbo also reported that before the plan was shown to the office, diplomatic authorities of the two countries had held talks on the fund and formed some consensus. It quoted a Japanese source as saying that if Seoul made the fund proposal, Tokyo could have considered it.

Meanwhile, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeomo categorically denied the newspaper report.

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