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To improve Japan ties, South Korea eyes fund on wartime labor issue

But opposition from plaintiffs and civic groups scuttled similar plan in 2019

South Koreans attend an anti-Japan rally in Seoul during 2019. Such opposition stopped a similar fund from being set up then.

SEOUL -- South Korea is considering the creation of a fund to settle disputes arising from Japan's use of Korean labor during World War II, as Seoul seeks to resolve an impasse that has become the largest barrier to improving chilly bilateral relations.

But the plan could face strong opposition from plaintiffs who have won compensation orders against Japanese companies in South Korean courts.

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