S. Korea Rules against Another Japan Firm over Wartime Labor

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Seoul, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--South Korea's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> to pay compensation to South Koreans for wartime forced labor in two cases.

The right of South Korean victims of Japanese forced labor to demand compensation from Japanese firms is still valid, the South Korean top court said.

The South Korean court issued a similar ruling against Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. <5401> on Oct. 30.

The series of court decisions is likely to leave Japanese companies increasingly worried about the future of their operations in South Korea as more than 10 similar cases are pending.

The Japanese government reacted harshly and warned of countermeasures. "These decisions are extremely regrettable and totally unacceptable," Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said.

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