Japan to Keep Urging S. Korea to Accept Wartime Labor Arbitration

Politics

Tokyo, July 18 (Jiji Press)--Japan will continue urging South Korea to accept the arbitration process under a 1965 bilateral agreement, in order to resolve their current dispute over the issue of wartime labor, a government spokesman said Thursday.

"The South Korean government is obliged under the bilateral pact to accept the arbitration process," Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura told a press conference. "We will continue to strongly demand they accept it."

Tokyo has given Seoul until Thursday to respond to its request to start the arbitration process, following a series of South Korean Supreme Court rulings ordering Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Korean plaintiffs over wartime labor.

The South Korean side has refused to start the requested arbitration process.

The Japanese government is expected to announce its next action after waiting for Seoul's response to its request until the end of Thursday.

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