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The Supreme court of Korea ruled that Japanese steel firm is obliged to pay four Korean large compensation for the violation of their rights during the Japanese occupation. This was reported by the newspaper South China Morning Post.
Company Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal will have to pay 400 million Korean won (about 350 thousand US dollars) four Koreans. The court found that the firm had violated their rights when they forced them to work at their steel plant in the years of the Second world war. This precedent may affect political and economic relations between the two countries.
Two of the four Koreans tried to achieve justice in a Japanese court in 1997, but their claim was rejected. In 2005 they teamed up with another two victims of exploitation and have begun the proceedings in Korea. Before the final decision survived, only one of the plaintiffs. He is now more than 90 years on the court he arrived in a wheelchair.
In Nippon Steel & Sumimoto Metal decision of the Korean court called “highly regrettable” and said they would act, given the reaction of the government of Japan.
This verdict may become an important precedent for cases of “war crimes” of the Japanese companies in Korea. According to data published in 2012 with the support of the South Korean government, all such firms has 299. According to Reuters, at the moment, fourteen more lawsuits of this kind awaiting the court’s decision.
The Japanese side insisted on the fact that concluded in 1965, the truce between the two countries deprives the Koreans of the right to such requirements. Then Japan paid Korea reparations in the amount of approximately $ 800 million.
According to Seoul, during the occupation, which lasted from 1910 to 1945, 780 thousand Koreans were subjected to forced labor. Many of them Korean women who were forced to work in brothels for Japanese soldiers.
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