Japan hands over list of Koreans forced into labor during colonial period
SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) -- Japan on Friday provided a list of 175,000 Koreans who were forced into labor during its colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, officials here said, adding the list will help in determing compensation for the victims.
The list, which also recorded 278 million yen (US$3 million) in unpaid wages, was handed over to the South Korean embassy in Tokyo and will be used by Seoul to assess appropriate compensation for the former laborers, a foreign ministry official said.
South Korea believes about 2 million Koreans were conscripted into Japan's workforce between 1930 and 1945. Seoul plans to seek more such data from Tokyo, which claims that the list is the only one it has on Korean civilians forced into labor.