Japan Warns of Countermeasures after S. Korean Compensation Order

Politics Society

Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Thursday warned of countermeasures after the South Korean Supreme Court ordered Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> to pay compensation to victims of wartime forced labor.

The South Korean top court issued a similar ruling against another Japanese company, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. <5401>, on Oct. 30.

"These decisions are extremely regrettable and totally unacceptable," Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in a statement.

Japan strongly demands that the South Korean government "take appropriate measures, including immediate actions to remedy such breach of international law," Kono said.

If appropriate measures are not taken by South Korea immediately, Japan will "examine all possible options, including international adjudication and countermeasures," and take resolute actions, he said.

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