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Japan will not consider South Korea’s opposition in deciding whether to push ahead with a plan to nominate a gold and silver mine site on Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture for the 2023 UNESCO World Heritage list, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Monday.

Hayashi made the remarks at a House of Representatives session after South Korea said it was deplorable that a Japanese state cultural body had recommended that Tokyo seek listing of the mine, where Koreans were subject to forced labor during Japan’s 1910-45 colonization of the Korean Peninsula, and called for immediate retraction of the plan.

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