Seoul citizens divided on South Korea-Japan labor issue settlement plan

People in Seoul expressed mixed views over the plan unveiled by the South Korean government on Monday to settle the issue of wartime labor with Japan.

A man in his 60s said the two countries have had a difficult history, but they must now forge a new relationship without looking back. He praised President Yoon Suk-yeol for making the decision despite the severe circumstances.

A woman in her 40s said the South Korean government seems to be more concerned with pleasing Japan. She said payment to the plaintiffs must be made in a way that satisfies everyone, and the South Korean government should take a strong stance on the issue.