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1st South Korean survivor of wartime labor accepts fund payment

Four plaintiffs still refuse compensation from government-affiliated foundation

Plaintiffs celebrate in front of South Korea's Supreme Court in November 2018 after the court ordered Japanese corporations to pay compensation to former laborers.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- One of three South Korean surviving plaintiffs in a wartime labor lawsuit against Japanese companies will receive compensation from a South Korean government-affiliated foundation, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Thursday, the first instance of a direct payment to a survivor in the long-standing case.

The payment will be completed on Friday, the ministry said.

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