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South Korea region seeks to tag Japanese firms as 'war criminals'

Ordinance would require schools to put stickers on Nikon and Panasonic products

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prior to a meeting in Tokyo last May. Ties between the two nations are at their worst in years.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea's largest province is considering whether to stigmatize nearly 300 Japanese companies over their purported actions during World War II, by imposing an ordinance that requires schools to put alert labels on these firms' products in their schools.

Twenty-seven members of the Gyeonggi Province council submitted the bill last week in an attempt to give students the "right understanding on history." If passed, schools will have to place on the items stickers that say: "This product is made by a Japanese war criminal company."

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