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One of 189 South Koreans seeking an official apology and redress from Japan for wartime conscription criticized the government Tuesday for compensating only Japanese and not Koreans who were similarly drafted as soldiers and civilian workers.

Speaking at the opening of their appeal session before the Tokyo High Court, Lee Gum Ju, 78, whose husband was drafted to serve in the Japanese military and died in action, said Japan treated more than 1 million South Koreans as expendable by drafting them during the war but then avoided paying them compensation afterward. Korea was under Japan’s colonial rule from 1910 to 1945. The plaintiffs are seeking 6.75 billion yen.

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