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Seoul weighs compensation fund for wartime laborers

Proposal calls for both South Korea and Japan to contribute

Kim Seong-ju, who was forced to work during the Japanese colonial period, is surrounded by the media as she arrives in front of the Supreme Court in Seoul on Nov. 29.    © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean officials are considering a proposal to create a foundation for compensating Koreans pressed into labor in wartime Japan and may call on Japanese companies to contribute to the fund.

The discussions in President Moon Jae-in's government follow rulings by South Korea's Supreme Court upholding wartime workers' compensation claims against Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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