M'bishi Heavy Again Ordered to Compensate for Wartime Labor


Seoul, Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--A South Korean high court on Wednesday ordered Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> to pay compensation to four South Koreans over wartime labor.

Gwangju High Court rejected the company's appeal and ordered the firm to pay 100 million to 150 million won to each of the four plaintiffs, including women who claim they were forced to work at a munition factory in the central Japan city of Nagoya during World War II. The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule at that time.

In three other similar lawsuits against Mitsubishi Heavy and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. <5401>, South Korea's Supreme Court has rejected all appeals by the Japanese companies and ordered them to pay compensation to South Korean plaintiffs over wartime labor.

Following the recent decisions by the Supreme Court, the high court ruled that the right of forced labor victims to claim compensation did not vanish under a bilateral treaty concluded when the two countries normalized diplomatic relations in 1965.

A court decision on another similar suit against Mitsubishi Heavy will be handed down on Dec. 14. Japanese companies are expected to receive further court orders to pay wartime compensation.

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