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(Update) S. Korea Court Rejects Wartime Labor Suit against Japan Firms

(Update) S. Korea Court Rejects Wartime Labor Suit against Japan Firms

   Seoul, June 7 (Jiji Press)--Seoul Central District Court dismissed on Monday a lawsuit filed by Koreans who worked for Japanese companies before World War II and their bereaved families.
   In the lawsuit, the 85 plaintiffs had sought compensation from 16 Japanese companies, including Nippon Steel Corp. <5401>, formerly called Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011>.
   The ruling by the district court determined that it cannot be said that the individual rights to claim compensation had been extinguished or waived by a 1965 bilateral agreement on property and claims, but that such rights cannot be exercised in the form of a lawsuit.
   In 2018, South Korea's Supreme Court ordered two Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Koreans requisitioned to work for them during the war.
   Since then, South Korean courts have issued similar orders against Japanese firms over wartime labor issues.

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