Eighty-five South Koreans and their bereaved families claiming that they were "forced to work in Japan during the war" on the issue of "recruitment" during the Pacific War sought compensation from 17 Japanese companies six years ago. The Korean court has taken the procedure of "public notice delivery" to publish the relevant documents on the website.
The documents are considered to have arrived on the Japanese side in May, and the hearing is expected to begin.
In May 2015, in South Korea, 85 Koreans who claimed to have been forced to work in Japanese factories during the war and their bereaved families totaled 8.6 billion won and Japanese yen for 17 Japanese companies. I filed a lawsuit seeking compensation of about 830 million yen.
According to lawyers on the plaintiff's side, the Seoul Central District Court has taken the procedure of "public service" to publish the relevant documents on the website on the 16th.
The documents are considered to have arrived on the Japanese side on May 18, and the hearing is expected to begin on May 28.
In another case of "recruitment," the South Korean Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that Nippon Steel and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries were ordered to compensate one after another.
The Japanese government has requested the Korean government to correct the situation of violation of international law, saying that it has been settled based on the 1965 Japan-Korea Claims Agreement, and Japanese companies have not responded to compensation, and the Korean side has not responded. Procedures are underway to sell the assets of Japanese companies.
It will be the first time that a class proceeding against a large number of Japanese companies has been tried on the issue of "recruitment" at one time, and there are concerns about the impact on the chilling Japan-South Korea relations.