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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korea's wartime labor proposal to Japan: 5 things to know

What the plan means for Seoul-Tokyo ties and regional security

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin speaks during a briefing in Seoul on March 6 to announce a plan to resolve a dispute over compensating people forced to work during Japan's 1910-1945 occupation.   © AP

SEOUL/TOKYO -- South Korea's conservative government on Monday offered an olive branch to Japan in an attempt to mend fractious ties with its former occupier and fellow U.S. ally.

Seoul on Monday announced it will compensate Korean laborers forced to work for Japanese companies during World War II, saying that a government foundation using private donations will compensate 15 victims who won legal cases against two Japanese companies in 2018.

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