S Korea court orders Japan firm to pay for forced labour

19 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

SEOUL: A Seoul court on Friday dismissed a Japanese machinery maker’s appeal against an order that it pay 17 South Korean women 100 million won ($89,000) each for forced wartime labour, the latest in a series of rulings raising tensions between the neighbours, reports AFP.

South Korea and its former colonial power Japan are both US allies who have to contend with nuclear-armed North Korea and a rising China.

But their relationship is soured by issues of past history, including Koreans forced to work at Japanese firms’ factories during the Second World War, and a territorial row over Seoul-controlled islets also claimed by Japan.

South Korean courts have made a series of orders against Japanese firms, and Seoul’s President Moon Jae-in said earlier this month Tokyo should take a “more humble” attitude to history.

The latest ruling involved 17 South Korean women made to work at Nachi-Fujikoshi’s Toyama assembly lines—where it produced weapons parts—in 1944 and 1945.