October 30, 2018 / 7:34 AM / 18 days ago

Japan denounces South Korean court decision as "unthinkable"

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, speaks during a joint news conference with Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, not pictured, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan October 29, 2018. Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Tuesday that a South Korean court’s order to a Japanese firm to compensate wartime forced labourers was “unthinkable”, and the ruling overturned the legal basis for bilateral friendship since 1965.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan would respond firmly, while Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami said Japan would consider a number of options should South Korea not respond promptly, including going to an international court.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by Robert Birsel

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