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Japan Wins UNESCO Recognition After Yielding to South Korea

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Japan won UNESCO world heritage status for a group of early industrial sites, after conceding to South Korea’s demand that the registration make clear that some of the locations used forced laborers from the Korean peninsula.

Japan said it was “prepared to take measures that allow an understanding that there were a large number of Koreans and others who were brought against their will and forced to work under harsh conditions in the 1940s at some of the sites,” according to a transcript of a statement read by a Japanese representative at the UNESCO meeting in Bonn, Germany on Sunday.