US and South Korean soldiers head towards Pyongyang, where they occupied the North Korean capital on October 20, 1950. File photo: AFP US and South Korean soldiers head towards Pyongyang, where they occupied the North Korean capital on October 20, 1950. File photo: AFP
US and South Korean soldiers head towards Pyongyang, where they occupied the North Korean capital on October 20, 1950. File photo: AFP

US troops used Japanese minors to fight in Korean war, documents reveal

  • US troops took some 60 Japanese civilians to Korea in the opening stages of the war, documents from the US National Archives reveal
  • A 12-year-old boy was among some minors involved in combat, researchers from the Mainichi newspaper found

Topic |   Korean peninsula
US and South Korean soldiers head towards Pyongyang, where they occupied the North Korean capital on October 20, 1950. File photo: AFP US and South Korean soldiers head towards Pyongyang, where they occupied the North Korean capital on October 20, 1950. File photo: AFP
US and South Korean soldiers head towards Pyongyang, where they occupied the North Korean capital on October 20, 1950. File photo: AFP
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