By Yujiro Okabe
SEOUL — A citizens’ group in South Korea calling for the early payment of compensation to the nation’s former requisitioned workers set up a sign which reads “anti-Japan street” at a park near the Consulate-General of Japan in the southern city of Busan on Oct. 30. The day marks one year since the South Korean Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering certain Japanese companies to compensate former South Korean requisitioned workers. The Japanese government made representations to the South Korean government through diplomatic channels, but the sign remains in place.
In the park, there is a statue symbolizing requisitioned workers. About 150 meters away from there, a statue symbolizing comfort women stands in front of the Japanese consulate-general. The citizens’ group insists that it will name the distance between the two statues as “anti-Japan street.”