Legal professionals attempt to seize Japanese belongings over Korean pressured work

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Legal professionals for South Koreans pressured into wartime labor have taken authorized steps to grab the South Korean belongings of a Japanese firm they’re attempting to stress into following a courtroom ruling to supply them compensation.

Lawyer Lim Jae-sung mentioned Thursday the courtroom within the metropolis of Pohang may resolve in two or three weeks whether or not to simply accept the request to grab the two.34 million shares Nippon Metal & Sumitomo Metallic Corp. holds in its three way partnership with South Korean steelmaker POSCO, that are estimated to be price round $9.7 million.

Lim mentioned Nippon Metal has been refusing to debate compensation regardless of a ruling by South Korea’s Supreme Courtroom in October that the corporate ought to pay 100 million received ($88,000) every to 4 plaintiffs who labored at its metal mills throughout Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. The courtroom made the same ruling on Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in November, triggering a diplomatic spats between the nations.

There was no speedy response from Japan’s authorities throughout its New Yr holidays. An unnamed Nippon Metal official advised the Yomiuri newspaper that the authorized motion in South Korea was “extraordinarily regrettable” and that the corporate will “reply appropriately” to it after consulting with the Japanese authorities.

It’s unlikely the Japanese corporations will comply with the South Korean rulings. The Japanese authorities has expressed robust remorse over the rulings and considers all wartime compensation points settled by a treaty each nations signed in 1965.

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Legal professionals for pressured laborers for Nippon Metal had set a Dec. 24 deadline for the corporate to answer their request to start compensation discussions, however the steelmaker didn’t reply. Lim mentioned the attorneys determined to not file for a courtroom order that may pressure Nippon Metal to promote its shares within the South Korean three way partnership as a result of they nonetheless hope to “amicably” settle the matter by means of negotiations.

Among the many 4 plaintiffs within the Nippon Metal case, solely 94-year-old Lee Chun-sik has survived the authorized battle, which prolonged almost 14 years.

South Korea says Japan used about 220,000 wartime Korean pressured laborers earlier than the top of World Struggle II.

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AP journalist Yuri Kageyama contributed to this report from Tokyo.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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