S. Korea Top Court Orders Nippon Steel to Pay Wartime Compensation

Politics Society

Seoul, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--South Korea's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. <5401> to pay compensation to four South Koreans for their forced labor in Japan during World War II.

The court reached the decision by rejecting an appeal by Nippon Steel, allowing a lower court ruling ordering the steelmaker to pay 100 million South Korean won to each plaintiff to become final.

This is the first time that a court ruling ordering a Japanese company to compensate for wartime forced labor has become final. The Korean Peninsula was under colonial rule by Japan between 1910 and 1945.

The Japanese government reacted harshly.

"Japan will take resolute action, considering all options available including an international trial," Foreign Minister Taro Kono said, suggesting that Japan may file a complaint with the International Court of Justice.

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