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South Korea Orders 2nd Japan Firm to Pay Forced Laborers


Victims of Japan's forced labor and their family members arrive at the Supreme Court in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 29, 2018. The sign reads "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries must apologize and compensate victims."

South Korea's top court ruled on Thursday that Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. must compensate South Koreans in two separate cases for their forced labor during World War II.

Thursday’s decision echoed last month's Supreme Court verdict, which ruled in favor of South Koreans seeking compensation from Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. for their wartime forced labor.

The Supreme Court ruled that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries must pay just over $71,000 to each of the more than 20 plaintiffs.

The case had been working its way through South Korea’s legal system since May 2000.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono called the ruling extremely regrettable and that it overturned the friendly ties between South Korea and Japan.

Lee Ju-hyun contributed to this report.

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    Steve Miller

    Steve Miller is a veteran broadcast journalist with over a decade of experience. Much of that time he covered the Asia-Pacific region while living in South Korea. During Steve's time in Asia, he explored the region's rich history and culture (and not to mention food) while reporting on geopolitics, human rights, and tourism.

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