Japan Asks S. Korea to Move for Arbitration over Wartime Labor Issue
Tokyo, May 20 (Jiji Press)--Japan made a request to South Korea on Monday that the two countries resolve the issue of a series of compensation orders by South Korean courts against Japanese firms in wartime labor lawsuits at an arbitration panel under a bilateral accord.
The Japanese government decided to take the arbitration procedures stipulated in a 1965 bilateral agreement to settle property and compensation disputes arising from Japan's colonization of the Korean Peninsula until the end of World War II, after its repeated requests for talks since January had effectively been ignored by the South Korean government.
Summoning South Korean Ambassador to Japan Nam Gwan-pyo to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba stressed that the South Korean government "is obliged to comply with the arbitration request under the agreement."
In Seoul later on Monday, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said that it will carefully consider Japan's arbitration proposal.
But an expert on Japan-South Korea ties said that the administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in would again make no response.
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