Statue Symbolizing Wartime Labor for Japan Built in Seoul
Seoul, Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--A statue symbolizing Korean victims of forced labor for Japanese companies during World War II was installed in front of Yongsan Station in the heart of Seoul on Saturday.
During Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, requisitioned laborers were assembled at the station.
South Korea's two major central labor union groups, the Federation of Korean Trade Unions and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions led the movement to build the monument, saying it is a site representing the harsh history.
The statue, 2 meters high, was erected "to make the reality of Japanese imperialism widely known and win official acknowledgment and apology from the Japanese government, in efforts to make sure that the tragic history is not repeated," Kim Ju-young, president of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions, said at a ceremony to unveil the statue.
Projects are under way to build similar statues, including one in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. The Japanese government has asked the South Korean authorities to prevent them.