Labor case ruling worsened relations between Japan and South Korea

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 Labor case ruling worsened relations between Japan and South Korea


Recently, the Korean Supreme Court issued a judgment demanding compensation from Japanese enterprises in response to the forced expropriation of Korean labor during World War II, which has caused tensions between the Japanese and Korean governments to escalate. This tension is now being burned to the public.

On October 30, local time, the Korean Supreme Court ruled that Nippon Steel Limited Kim (Nippon Steel Company) should compensate 100 million won (about 610,000 yuan) for each of the four Korean laborers who were forcibly expropriated during World War II. Yonhap News Agency reported that the Korean Supreme Court did not recognize the validity of the Japanese refusal to compensate Korean workers and rejected the claim that the case of Japanese enterprises forcibly requisitioning labor had passed the limitation of action.

The Japanese government and the company did not agree with the judgment, believing that the claim rights of former workers had been settled in the Agreement on Claims between Japan and South Korea, adopted in 1965, and that the Korean government had acknowledged the above-mentioned documents in the past several years. The Japanese government believes that the decision of South Korea is likely to shake the legal basis for post-war relations between Japan and South Korea.

In order to resist the ruling of the Supreme Court of Korea, the Japanese government recently plans to urge Japanese enterprises that have been brought similar lawsuits in Korea not to agree to the claim and seek joint efforts between officials and the people. According to Kyodo News Agency, government officials pointed out that the Korean government can only be positioned as adomestic problemand pay compensation instead of Japanese enterprises.

The tense atmosphere of the two governments has inevitably spread to the two countries. Around the verdict of this case, anti-Korean sentiment on the Japanese network has been growing, and even the words Japan-South Korea break off have appeared.

Peng Mei noted that Japanese netizens on Twitter appealed to the Japanese government not to compensate Korean workers, demanded that South Korea comply with the 1965 Japan-South Korea Claims Agreement, and claimed that South Korea was lying and revenging. Japanese netizens also threatened to hold demonstrations on the streets of Japan in November calling for a break-up of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea. Japan-ROK relations have always been sensitive and fragile. In addition to the case of forced labor recruitment, there are still unsolved cases of comfort women and sovereignty of Dokdo, Japans so-called Bamboo Island. The degree of mutual interest between the two peoples has also been very low for a long time. According to Japans Yomiuri Shimbun in June 2017, 77% of Japanese responded poor to Japan-South Korea relations, which reached 87% in 2014. In addition, 69% thought South Korea is not trustworthy, and 62% answered not feeling close. In South Korea, 81% of South Koreans think that Japan-South Korea relations are poor, and that Japan is not trustworthy and does not feel close rates are as high as 80%. The source of this article: surging news editor: Ji Guo Jie _NBJ11143

Peng Mei noted that Japanese netizens on Twitter appealed to the Japanese government not to compensate Korean workers, demanded that South Korea comply with the 1965 Japan-South Korea Claims Agreement, and claimed that South Korea was lying and revenging. Japanese netizens also threatened to hold demonstrations on the streets of Japan in November calling for a break-up of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea.

Japan-ROK relations have always been sensitive and fragile. In addition to the case of forced labor recruitment, there are still unsolved cases of comfort women and sovereignty of Dokdo, Japans so-called Bamboo Island. The degree of mutual interest between the two peoples has also been very low for a long time. According to Japans Yomiuri Shimbun in June 2017, 77% of Japanese responded poor to Japan-South Korea relations, which reached 87% in 2014. In addition, 69% thought South Korea is not trustworthy, and 62% answered not feeling close. In South Korea, 81% of South Koreans think that Japan-South Korea relations are poor, and that Japan is not trustworthy and does not feel close rates are as high as 80%.