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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korea drops bill addressing wartime labor dispute with Japan

Victim compensation legislation seen as a compromise fails to move forward

Lee Choon-shik, center, was among those forced into wartime labor during Japan's colonial period.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean lawmakers on Wednesday quietly abandoned proposed legislation intended to resolve the wartime labor dispute that has erupted with Japan.

The two bills submitted to the National Assembly would have established a joint fund to compensate Koreans forced to work for Japanese companies during World War II. The idea received a degree of support from the Japanese side as well.

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