UNESCO Panel Highlights Japanese Brutality in Korea

  • By Ahn Jun-yong

    June 28, 2018 11:09

    The UNESCO World Heritage Committee on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling on the Japanese government to inform the world about brutality against Korean forced laborers on Japan's Hashima Island during its occupation of Korea.

    The committee met in Bahrain and reviewed follow-up measures Japan had promised when 23 industrial facilities in Japan, including those on Hashima Island, were granted heritage status back in 2015.

    At the time, Japan admitted Koreans were forced to labor on the island during the 1910-1945 occupation, and pledged to commemorate the victims and set up an information center to teach others about its brutal history.

    But in a progress report submitted in November last year, Japan omitted the term "forced" and decided to set up an information center in the form of a think tank in Tokyo rather than a commemorative center.

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