Koreans employed by Japan.

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Koreans employed by Japan.

Post by Sid Guttridge » 05 Jun 2017 12:13

I have found the following on p.57 of An Intellectual History of Wartime Japan. by Shunsuke Tsiuriumi:

".....a total of 1,500,000 Korean labourers were brought to Japan by force. The Government allotted 600,000 to the coal mines, 400,000 to munitions factories, 300,000 to building industries, 150,000 to metal mines and employed 50,000 as longshoremen (dockers). Another 370,000 Koreans were used as soldiers and civilian employees in the military and tens of thousands of Korean women were employed as prostitutes for the military. Korean workers were given the most dangerous work and worked 12- to 14-hour days, for wages that were half those of Japanese labourers engaged in similar work. Naturally they tried to run away and police were appointed as supervisors. Park Kyon Sik (in his Record of the Forced Transportation of Koreans [1965]) estimates that from 1940 to 1945 Korean labourers suffered 300,000 casualties, and 60,000 died."

Cheers,

Sid.

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