M'bishi Heavy Dismisses S. Korea Request for Wartime Labor Talks

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Seoul, July 16 (Jiji Press)--Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> has dismissed a request by South Korean plaintiffs for talks on a South Korean Supreme Court verdict ordering the firm to pay compensation over wartime labor, the plaintiffs said Tuesday.

The plaintiff side showed regret that the Japanese company failed to respond before the deadline set for Monday.

Citing the aging of former laborers, the plaintiff side said it will soon file an application for a court order to sell Mitsubishi Heavy's assets seized in South Korea.

If the application is made, Japan-South Korea relations are likely to deteriorate further after being strained by Tokyo's stricter controls on semiconductor materials exports to South Korea.

The plaintiffs asked Mitsubishi Heavy to accept talks by Monday, saying that it was difficult to completely resolve the wartime labor issue through a court ruling or compulsory execution.

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