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S. Korea Launches Gov’t-private Task Force on Japan’s Wartime Forced Labor

S. Korea Launches Gov’t-private Task Force on Japan’s Wartime Forced Labor

SEOUL, July 4 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea launched a government-private consultative body Monday tasked with exploring ways to resolve the long-standing diplomatic row with Japan about compensation for the Korean victims of wartime forced labor, a sticking point in their relations. First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun-dong presided over the inaugural session of the [...]

‘Comfort Women’ Sculptor Couple Wins Libel Suit Against Internet Media Chief

‘Comfort Women’ Sculptor Couple Wins Libel Suit Against Internet Media Chief

SEOUL, March 22 (Korea Bizwire) — A sculptor couple, known for their “comfort women” statue representing wartime sex slaves, has won a libel suit against an internet media operator who claimed another of the couple’s sculpture representing forced labor victims was modeled after a Japanese man. The Seoul Western District Court ordered the head of [...]

Number of Surviving S. Korean Victims of Wartime Forced Labor in Japan Down 585 Over Past Year

Number of Surviving S. Korean Victims of Wartime Forced Labor in Japan Down 585 Over Past Year

GWANGJU, March 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of registered surviving South Korean victims of wartime forced labor in Japan decreased by 585 for the past year, data showed Monday. A civic group unveiled government statistics on medical assistance provided to people who were conscripted to work in Japan during World War II. The data [...]

Court Again Rules Against Victims of Japan’s Forced Labor in Damages Suit

Court Again Rules Against Victims of Japan’s Forced Labor in Damages Suit

SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — A Seoul court on Wednesday ruled against South Korean victims of Japan’s wartime forced labor in a damages suit filed against Japanese companies, apparently on grounds that the cases’ statute of limitations has expired. The suit was filed against Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Kumagai Gumi Co. by [...]

Top Court Dismisses Mitsubishi Heavy’s 2nd Appeal Against Wartime Labor Compensation

Top Court Dismisses Mitsubishi Heavy’s 2nd Appeal Against Wartime Labor Compensation

DAEJEON, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – The Supreme Court has dismissed a second appeal filed by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries against an order to sell patent rights the company has in South Korea to compensate a victim of wartime forced labor, according to legal sources Tuesday. The top court dismissed Mitsubishi Heavy’s appeal against the [...]

Top Court Dismisses Mitsubishi’s Appeal of Asset Seizure Order

Top Court Dismisses Mitsubishi’s Appeal of Asset Seizure Order

SEOUL/TOKYO, Sept. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s top court has confirmed a lower court’s order to seize Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s assets here to compensate wartime forced labor victims, judicial officials said Monday. The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the Japanese company’s appeal of a court order to seize its six patent rights and [...]

Court Rules Against Forced Korean Labor Victim in Suit Against Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials

Court Rules Against Forced Korean Labor Victim in Suit Against Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean court on Wednesday ruled against a victim of forced wartime labor in Japan in a damages suit launched against Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials Corp. citing the expiration of the case’s statute of limitation. The Seoul Central District Court ruled against the surviving family of the late victim, [...]