S. Korea Urges Japan to Hold Back on Forced Labor Ruling


Seoul, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon urged the Japanese government on Wednesday to refrain from excessive criticism of a recent ruling by his country's top court on wartime forced labor.

Lee claimed in a statement that Japanese government leaders are making extreme remarks about the Supreme Court ruling in favor of South Koreans who were forced to work in Japan during World War II, in a lawsuit against a major Japanese company.

He expressed deep concern about the Japanese response to the ruling.

The statement by Lee, well versed in Japanese affairs, came on top of the South Korean Foreign Ministry's similar criticism of Japan on Tuesday.

The South Korean government has maintained the view that the issue of individual damages claims for wartime forced labor has been resolved, in line with the Japanese government's position that the issue was settled completely and finally under a 1965 bilateral agreement concluded when Japan and South Korea normalized their diplomatic relations.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press