Gov't to Educate Japanese on Korean A-Bomb Victims

      May 06, 2015 10:39

      The government will publish a Japanese-language report on Korean victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the bombings that ended World War II. The original Korean version was published in 2010.

      The Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday said it will publish 1,000 copies of the report and distribute them in Japan on Aug. 6, which marks Japan's surrender to Allied Forces in 1945.

      It is the first government study on Korean victims of the bombings in the two cities and details the damage suffered by Koreans who were taken to Japan and forced to work in factories there to fuel the war.

      Out of a total 740,000 bomb victims, around 100,000 are estimated to have been Korean.

      The report links the Korean victims to forced labor at the Mitsubishi Shipyard in Nagasaki, which is among Japanese industrial sites that have been recommended for consideration for World Cultural Heritage status.

      A government official said, "We plan to compile other reports in Japanese detailing Japan's forced mobilization of Korean laborers and other atrocities and distribute them in Japan so people there can learn about the damage Japan caused to the lives of Koreans during World War II."

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