S. Korea Lawmaker Proposes Foundation for Wartime Laborers

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Seoul, May 22 (Jiji Press)--South Korean lawmaker Kang Chang-il has proposed that the administration of President Moon Jae-in set up a foundation to support South Korean wartime laborers who are yet to file lawsuits against Japanese companies, Kang's office said Wednesday.

The proposal by Kang, head of the South Korea-Japan parliamentarians' union, came amid a wartime labor row between the Asian neighbors following a series of South Korean Supreme Court rulings ordering Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Korean laborers during World War II.

His proposal is based on the premise that the Japanese companies will pay the ordered compensation.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said earlier this month that the actions the South Korean government can take in regard to ongoing cases are limited.

Kang's proposal, which would separate measures for the plaintiffs in the ongoing cases from those for other victims, is apparently aimed at stopping any more lawsuits from being filed against Japanese firms, informed sources said.

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