Bill Drafted to Settle Tokyo-Seoul Wartime Labor Row: Report

Politics

Seoul, Nov. 26 (Jiji Press)--South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang has drafted a bill to set up a foundation to settle the current wartime labor dispute with Japan, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday.

The draft bill reportedly calls for creating the foundation with the participation of both countries' governments and companies to pay a total of about 300 billion won, or 27.7 billion yen, to 1,500 people including former laborers drafted to work for Japanese companies during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

In the draft, related Japanese companies are expected to voluntarily make donations to the foundation, according to the Yonhap report.

Moon unveiled the draft at a meeting with former laborers and others Tuesday. He intends to revise the draft if necessary to reflect opinions of former laborers.

He reportedly hopes to introduce the bill within this year, but that looks difficult.

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