S. Korean Plaintiffs Not "Requisitioned Workers": Japan

Politics Society

Tokyo, Nov. 10 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has unified the term it uses to describe South Korean plaintiffs seeking compensation for wartime labor from a Japanese steelmaker as "workers from the Korean Peninsula," switching from the previously used "requisitioned civilian workers."

In the lawsuit, South Korea's Supreme Court last month ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. <5401> to pay compensation to the four plaintiffs for labor in Japan during World War II.

With the term change, the government hopes to make it clear that the plaintiffs were not forcibly taken to Japan, officials said.

"The plaintiffs were not requisitioned," Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told a press conference on Friday.

At a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting on Nov. 1, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the plaintiffs came to Japan after applying for a recruitment program.

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