S. Korea Urged to Pick 3rd Country for Wartime Labor Arbitration

Politics Society

Tokyo, June 19 (Jiji Press)--Japan asked South Korea on Wednesday to choose a third country to select a member for an arbitration panel tasked with resolving the issue of court orders for compensation by Japanese companies to South Koreans over wartime labor.

Kenji Kanasugi, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, made the request to South Korean minister to Japan, who was summoned to the ministry.

The request came after Seoul effectively ignored an earlier Tokyo request, made on May 20, to select an arbitration panel member under a 1965 bilateral agreement to settle property and compensation disputes arising from Japan's colonization of the Korean Peninsula up until the end of World War II. South Korea did not respond to the request by the Tuesday deadline.

The 1965 accord stipulates that if one of the two countries does not select an arbitration panel member, two other countries, each chosen by Japan and South Korea, as well a third country chosen by the selected two countries will each select a member for the three-member arbitration panel.

Kanasugi expressed his regret that South Korea had not responded to Japan's request.

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