Last Oct. 30, South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled that Japanese steel-maker Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. should compensate four colonial-era laborers 100 million won ($87,680) each. According to South Korean government data, Imperial Japan conscripted around 780,000 Korean laborers during its 35-year occupation. Tokyo maintains that all historical compensation issues between the two nations were settled under the 1965 treaty that re-established diplomatic relations and offered $800 million in grants and loans.

Read on in The Japan Times: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2019/01/24/commentary/japan-commentary/populism-drives-seouls-ties-tokyo/#.XEnnt1xKhaQ.

 

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