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Possible Korean's name found on doc linked to scrapped lists of A-bomb-exposed workers

The Peace Statue is seen in Nagasaki. (Mainichi)

NAGASAKI -- The name of a worker likely from the Korean Peninsula was found written on a document related to the local legal bureau's scrapped lists of some 3,400 people originally from Korea conscripted to work here who were believed to have been exposed to the Nagasaki atomic bombing, it has been learned.

The Nagasaki District Legal Affairs Bureau submitted the document dated Jan. 30 to the Nagasaki District Court in relation to the lawsuit filed by three Korean nationals who worked at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki Shipyard during World War II against the Nagasaki Municipal Government and the Japanese government, demanding the issuance of Atomic Bomb Survivor's Certificates.

On the document called the "original record of deposit money," it says that Mitsubishi deposited unpaid wages for 3,418 former laborers with the bureau in 1948. Under the designated payee section, the name believed to be that of a Korean worker was found as the head recipient.

The representative of the plaintiffs is arguing that the name appearing in the document is one belonging to a person from the Korean Peninsula who changed their name under Imperial Japanese rule.

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