October 30, 2018 / 5:31 AM / 19 days ago

South Korea court orders Japan firm to compensate wartime forced labourers

SEOUL, Oct 30 (Reuters) - South Korea’s top court ruled on Tuesday that Japan’s Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. should compensate four South Koreans for their forced labour during World War Two when Japan occupied Korea, Yonhap reported.

The Supreme Court ordered the company to pay 100 million won ($87,700) to each of the four plaintiffs.

The court ruled that the former labourers’ right to reparation was not terminated by a 1965 treaty normalising diplomatic ties, rejecting the claim by Tokyo, Yonhap said.

Japan occupied Korea from 1910-45. (Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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