Seoul: A Seoul court on Friday dismissed a Japanese industrial firm's appeal against an order that it pay a South Korean man 50 million won (USD 45,000) for forced wartime labour, the latest in a series of court rulings to strain ties between the neighbours.
Japanese firm loses South Korean war labour appeal
South Korea and its former colonial power Japan are both US allies who have to contend with nuclear-armed North Korea and a rising China. But their relationship is soured by issues of past history, including Koreans forced to work at Japanese firms' factories during World War II, and a territorial row over Seoul-controlled islets also claimed by Japan. South Korean courts have made a series of orders against Japanese firms, and Seoul's President Moon Jae-in this week said Tokyo should take a "more humble" attitude to history.
But South Korean courts made a series of recent rulings holding private Japanese businesses responsible for forced labour. South Korea's top court in November ordered Japanese giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to pay 80 million to 150 million won to two separate groups of 11 people for forced wartime labour at its plants. Another court earlier this month ordered the seizure of South Korean assets owned by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal in a case involving former wartime labourers or their families, prompting condemnation by Tokyo.