Enslaved labor: South Korea announces controversial fund to compensate victims | DW News
South Korea plans to help victims of forced labor during Japan’s occupation of the country from 1910 to the end of World War II, by paying them with a pool of money from both South Korean and Japanese corporations.
Seoul has also announced it will stop a complaint it had previously filed against Japan at the World Trade Organization. There are reasons why the two countries are trying to build better relations in hope to solidify economic and security ties in the face of increasing regional challenges. But critics say it’s coming at a cost, downplaying the trauma Japan inflicted.
President Yoon Suk-yeol’s approving ratings have been low, and this move to patch things up with Japan may make him even less popular. But he believes it’s necessary. It’s a move that looks to the future, while trying to put the past behind.
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