S. Koreans Sue Seoul over Wartime Labor at Japanese Firms

Society

Seoul, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)--South Koreans requisitioned to work for Japanese companies during World War II and their bereaved families on Thursday sued the South Korean government for compensation payments for the wartime labor.

In the lawsuit, filed with Seoul Central District Court, 1,103 plaintiffs demand damages of 100 million won per person, totaling some 110 billion won.

At a press conference, lawyers and civic group members said the 300-million-dollar grant Tokyo gave Seoul as economic cooperation based on a bilateral treaty on claims and property concluded in 1965 was used for economic development and not distributed to former requisitioned workers.

The South Korean government received unfair profits, the plaintiff side said, urging it to pay legal compensation to the victims.

Seoul held discussions about the scope of the bilateral agreement, signed when Japan and South Korea normalized their diplomatic relations, under the administration of former President Roh Moo-hyun.

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