S. Korean Parliament Speaker Floats Wartime Labor Solution

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 5 (Jiji Press)--Visiting South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang on Tuesday put forward a proposal to break the current deadlock between Tokyo and Seoul over the issue of wartime labor.

In a speech at Waseda University in Tokyo, Moon said legislation has been drafted to set up a new foundation to pay compensation to South Korean plaintiffs in wartime labor lawsuits against Japanese companies.

The foundation will receive donations from businesses and citizens of both countries and take over the remainder of Japan's one-billion-yen contribution to a different foundation for former comfort women forced into prostitution for Japanese soldiers before and during World War II, according to Moon.

The foundation for the comfort women, created under a bilateral agreement, has been disbanded despite a Japanese request not to.

Moon said the legislation is based on the view that the South Korean side should take the initiative to compensate for its people's damage and pains, adding that South Korea has developed into a country capable of doing that.

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