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Korean requisitioned workers’ legal counsel criticizes assembly speaker’s proposal

Mainichi wrote from Seoul that the defense counsel of the former requisitioned workers criticized South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon’s proposal on collecting donations from Japanese and South Korean businesses and the general public to launch and finance a fund that would pay compensation to their clients. The team reportedly denounced the idea in a meeting with the press, saying that it makes light of the pain that the victims had to endure and calling for Japan to offer an apology. According to the article, the lawyers are also displeased with the speaker’s idea to use a portion of the 1 billion yen that the GOJ earmarked for the defunct “Reconciliation and Healing Foundation” that was established for the comfort women to compensate the former requisitioned workers.  

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