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International relations

Japan seeks arbitration with South Korea over wartime labor issue

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government said Monday it is seeking arbitration in a dispute with South Korea over the issue of compensation for laborers made to work during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula through the end of World War II.

The Foreign Ministry said it has requested the establishment of an arbitration panel involving members from a third country as provided for under a 1965 bilateral accord, as Seoul has remained unresponsive to Tokyo's offers to seek a diplomatic solution.

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