Tokyo, May 11 (KNS-KCNA) — The Japanese government decided to send inquiry
papers to about 100 companies concerned in the country in order to find facts about the remains of Korean victims to forcible drafting who were driven to slave labor after being taken to Japanese enterprises in labor and military conscription during World War II and announce the results of the investigation in around August, according to the May 5 issue of Japan’s Asahi Shimbun.
In this regard, the Fact-finding Group on the Forcible Drafting of Koreans on May 7 made public a statement in joint name of Koreans and Japanese.
Noting that the Japanese government decided to make an investigation into the remains of Korean victims to forcible drafting as late as today when 60 years have passed after the defeat of the Japanese imperialists, the statement says:
It is reported that the Japanese government sent inquiry papers about the remains to only about 100 companies concerned. But, according to a survey, there are over 1,500 enterprises related to forcible drafting.
Labor and military conscription was forced not by ivilians but by the government. So the truth behind the remains cannot be probed through investigation by a small number of enterprises alone.
The Japanese government should sincerely look back on the past and make an overall investigation into the remains by all means possible.
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