Overseas Network, Dec. 20, according to Fuji TV, Japan, about 1100 South Korean workers and their families who were forcibly recruited by Japan during World War II recently asked the Korean government to compensate them for 11 billion yen (about 670 million yuan) and filed a lawsuit in Korean courts. Earlier, they also filed lawsuits against Japanese companies.
These 1,100 workers and their families were forced to work in Japanese enterprises during World War II. They asked the Korean government to compensate them for 10 million yen each (about 600,000 yuan), a total of 11 billion yen. On the 20th, they filed a lawsuit with the Seoul Central Court.
According to the plaintiff, the 1965 Japan-South Korea Claims Agreement stipulated that the Japanese government provided the Korean government with 300 million US dollars (about 2 billion RMB) and 200 million US dollars (about 1.3 billion RMB) free of charge, in order to solve all claims between the two countries and their nationals. Based on the agreement, the Korean government receives Japanese economic compensation and should compensate Korean workers.
Korean Victim Workers and Their Families Photographed in front of the Court (Kyodo)
On October 30 this year, the Supreme Court of Korea (the Supreme Court) upheld the right of claim of four Korean labourers who were forcibly expropriated by Japan during World War II and awarded 100 million won to each plaintiff by Japanese enterprises involved. On November 29, the Korean Grand Court again decided two similar cases and demanded compensation from Japanese enterprises. On December 5, the Kwangju High Court of Korea, in a second instance, rejected the Japanese appeal and again demanded compensation from Japanese enterprises in the case of several Korean women and their survivors who had been forced to work for compensation to Japans Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Company during World War II.
Fuji TV Video Screenshot
According to Japanese media, the Japanese government has always claimed that the Japan-South Korea Claims Agreement has completely solved the labor problem between the two countries, and this time the plaintiffs request is in line with part of the Japanese governments position. The international community is very concerned about how the Korean government will respond to the lawsuit.