A meeting to discuss unresolved issues between Korea and Japan took place at the National Assembly in Seoul on Wednesday.
Lawmakers from Korea including the Liberty Forward Party's Park Sun-young and 14 Japanese Diet members met to exchange views on how to compensate Korean victims forcefully relocated to Japanese territory as laborers during the colonial period.
The Japanese lawmakers said that concluding the reparation issue is "a ticket to [Japan's] entering the international community" as a responsible nation.
Park explained that she and other lawmakers have already submitted legislation calling for a fund to be set up to help the victims.
The Korean lawmakers estimate that some 43,000 Koreans were forcefully taken to Sakhalin Island, which was Japanese territory at the time, to work at factories and mines without pay.
The laborers were then abandoned there when the Soviet Union annexed the island, leaving them without citizenship. Some of them stayed there after the end of World War 2, and the compensation issue still remains.