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Japan-South Korea rift

Wartime labor proposal opposed by 59% of South Koreans: poll

Young, Yoon-skeptical voters largely reject initiative to mend fences with Japan

Protesters hold a candlelight vigil in Seoul on March 6 against the government's proposal to resolve the wartime labor issue with Japan.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- More than half of South Koreans object to a government proposal this week to compensate Koreans forced to work for Japanese companies during World War II, a poll by Gallup Korea shows.

The survey results announced Friday show 59% opposed to the plan, with 35% in favor.

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