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Korean Forced Labor Victims Win Another Appeal Against Mitsubishi

Korean Forced Labor Victims Win Another Appeal Against Mitsubishi

GWANGJU, Dec. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — A regional appellate court ruled Wednesday that Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. must compensate Korean victims of wartime forced labor for their unpaid work, adding to a recent series of rulings in favor of the victims. The Gwangju High Court upheld the lower court decision for three elderly defendants, [...]

Supreme Court Orders Mitsubishi to Compensate Korean Victims of Wartime Forced Labor

Supreme Court Orders Mitsubishi to Compensate Korean Victims of Wartime Forced Labor

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s Supreme Court confirmed two appellate court rulings on Thursday that ordered a Japanese company to compensate Koreans for forced labor during World War II. The four-judge bench handed down the decisions on two damages suits against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. It upheld two rulings — one that [...]

Seoul-Tokyo Rift Deepens over ‘Comfort Women’ Issue

Seoul-Tokyo Rift Deepens over ‘Comfort Women’ Issue

SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Often-prickly relations between South Korea and Japan suffered another serious setback Wednesday, as Seoul made public its decision to dissolve a Tokyo-funded foundation on wartime sexual slavery. The Moon Jae-in administration’s move represents an effective nullification of a controversial accord in 2015 signed by the government of then President [...]

Japanese Right-wing Lawmaker Takes Issues with TWICE Member’s T-shirt

Japanese Right-wing Lawmaker Takes Issues with TWICE Member’s T-shirt

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – A Japanese right-wing lawmaker has claimed that a member of K-pop girl group TWICE is engaged in anti-Japanese activities, citing her T-shirt as an example. The politician, Onodera Masaru of the Liberal Democratic Party, on Wednesday took issue with Dahyun’s wardrobe choice on his Twitter account. In the photo [...]

Japanese Newspapers Publish Negative Reports on K-pop Stars

Japanese Newspapers Publish Negative Reports on K-pop Stars

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Along with the recent cancellation of a Japanese TV appearance by K-pop superstars BTS, a series of negative press reports on K-pop singers have been published in Japanese media outlets. And following a large-scale anti-Korea rally held in central Tokyo hosted by right-wing activists, critics have expressed worry that [...]

Big Hit Apologizes for Recent BTS Wardrobe Controversy

Big Hit Apologizes for Recent BTS Wardrobe Controversy

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – BTS’ agency Big Hit Entertainment has issued a statement over the recent controversies surrounding its artists’ wardrobe choices. “We don’t condone any activities of war or the use of atomic weapons. … We had no intention to hurt victims of the dropping of atomic bombs,” it said Tuesday night, [...]

Long-standing Korea-Japan Tension Behind BTS T-Shirt Controversy

Long-standing Korea-Japan Tension Behind BTS T-Shirt Controversy

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The cancellation of superstar K-Pop group BTS’s appearance on a Japanese television show is an allusion to an awkward relationship between South Korea and Japan. When Japan’s TV Asahi cancelled BTS’ appearance and blamed it on the ‘liberation’ t-shirt that BTS member Jimin was seen wearing in the past, [...]

Controversy Surrounding Forced Labor Court Ruling Escalates in Japan

Controversy Surrounding Forced Labor Court Ruling Escalates in Japan

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Following a court ruling that ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. to pay damages to four Korean victims who were forced into labor during the Japanese colonial era, the Japanese government has responded strongly, completely shaking up Korea-Japan relations. Japanese government officials have been continuously releasing resolute statements [...]

Korean Lawyers Representing Forced Labor Victims Visit Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal

Korean Lawyers Representing Forced Labor Victims Visit Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Lawyers representing forced labor victims who won a case at Korea’s Supreme Court for their past misery paid a visit to the head office of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. (NSSM), the Japanese company that was ordered to pay damages, in Tokyo, Japan only to have the door [...]