Some plaintiffs turn down Seoul's wartime labor settlement plan

Some South Korean plaintiffs in wartime labor cases with Japanese firms have rejected the settlement plan proposed by the South Korean government.

Seoul in early March announced plans for a South Korean government-backed foundation to take responsibility for compensating people who say they or their family members were forced to work for the companies during World War Two.

Japanese firms had been ordered to compensate the plaintiffs by South Korea's top court.

Some of the plaintiffs, their families and activists supporting them reacted sharply to the plan.

Among 14 plaintiffs who won compensation, three on Monday submitted documents objecting to the plan to the Foundation for Victims of Forced Mobilization. They say the compensation is not something that should be unilaterally shouldered by a third-party.

South Korean media have reported that bereaved families of four plaintiffs expressed readiness to receive the payment.

Monday's rejections come as the latest Gallup Korea polls has found that 35 percent of the respondents support the settlement plan, while 59 percent are opposed.

The South Korean government says it will continue to offer the public explanations for its decision to win understanding.