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Japanese Imperialists' Forcible Drafting of Koreans under Fire
Pyongyang, October 27 (KCNA) -- The Committee for Investigating Damage Done by Japan through Forcible Mobilization during Resistance against It and Supporting Victims of Forcible Mobilization Abroad, Etc. in south Korea exposed the Japanese imperialists' forcible drafting of Koreans in the past on October 19.

The organization conducted an investigation in a little over 5 years from 2005 and, on this basis, opened to the public a report on the investigation into the ages and birth places of 213 Koreans who met deaths while being subject to forced labor at coal mines in Japan, the cause of their deaths, etc.

According to the report, at that time Japan pursued it as a policy to bring families of Korean draftees for the purpose of increasing productivity, etc.

It is written in the report that a large number of Korean couples or families existed in the area of the Sakito Coal Mine because the institution concerned and company sought the increase of productivity and effectiveness of labor management at that time.

32 percent of 213 Korean dead was children under five years old, 39 percent of them was young people from the age of 16 to 30, the report added.

It is also disclosed by the report that the Mitsubishi munitions company, which operated the said coal mine, sent its agents in charge of drafting Koreans to the areas of Korea under its plan to take Koreans to Japan by force.

It was additionally disclosed by the report that 89 percent of the Koreans forcibly drafted to work in the coal mine was Korean men in the twenties-thirties hailing from Ryongnam and Honam areas and they were drafted centering around Jolla and Kyongsang provinces close to Japan.

The above-said facts clearly show another glimpse of the atrocities committed by the Japanese imperialists through the forcible drafting.

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