Japanese Firm Appeals Korean Court Order to Pay Victims

      August 01, 2013 10:39

      A Japanese steelmaker has appealed an order by a Korean court to compensate Koreans who were forced to work in its factories during Japan's occupation of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

      As a result, the victims, who had fought for compensation through the courts for 16 years will have to take up the legal battle again.

      In a landmark ruling last month, the Seoul High Court ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to pay W100 million (US$1=W1,123) to each of the four Korean laborers as compensation for unpaid wages and mental suffering.

      Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which was ordered by the Busan High Court on July 30 to pay W80 million each to five Korean victims of forced labor, is considering an appeal as well.

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