Plan to Submit "War Criminal" Label Bill Canceled in S. Korean Province

Politics

Seoul, March 28 (Jiji Press)--Introduction of a bill to oblige labeling of certain school goods as "made by war criminal Japanese companies" to the Gyeonggi-do assembly will be put on hold, one of the sponsors of the bill said Thursday.

In the wake of the statement issued by Hwang Dae-ho, an assembly member belonging to the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, a committee in charge canceled deliberations on the bill set to start on Friday.

Hwang, however, said that the sponsors will start preparing for submitting the draft ordinance to the committee after gaining a social consensus.

The education authority of the province, near Seoul, has opposed the proposal saying the sticker is inappropriate and may cause confusion.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has urged the assembly to consider the proposal carefully, in an unusual interference by a state minister in affairs of a regional assembly.

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