Last S.Korean war criminal in Japan dies

The last surviving South Korean war criminal of World War Two in Japan, who had spent years campaigning for compensation and recognition from the Japanese government, has died.

Lee Hak-rae died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage on Sunday. He was 96.

Lee was born in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula when it was under Japanese rule. At the age of 17, he became a civilian employee of the Japanese military and worked as a supervisor at a prisoner of war camp in Thailand.

After the war, Lee was convicted of war crimes for sending Allied prisoners to build a railway. He was sentenced to death but the sentence was subsequently commuted.

Lee joined other former South Korean war criminals to restore their honor and seek relief from the Japanese government.

People from the Korean Peninsula were not eligible to receive support from the Japanese government, including survivors' annuities, after the signing of the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1951.