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The government should pay its long-owed obligations to Koreans pressed into military service or labor as stipulated in documents it drew up before 1965, said a citizens’ group pushing the state to accept responsibility for its colonial rule of the peninsula.

The group — led by Atsuko Aoyagi, a homemaker from Miyazaki Prefecture who began supporting several lawsuits in 1990 filed by Koreans pressed into military service or forced labor — published a book explaining the suits in Japanese and Korean last May.

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