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LDP lawmakers heavily criticize South Korea’s court ruling on forced labor compensation

NHK reported online that during a joint meeting of the LDP Foreign Affairs Division and other party panels, lawmakers heavily criticized the ruling by the South Korean Supreme Court ordering a Japanese firm to compensate four South Koreans for their forced labor under Japanese colonial rule. Former Foreign Minister Nakasone reportedly said at the beginning of the meeting: “The issue of forced labor was completely resolved under the Agreement on the Settlement of Problems concerning Property and Claims. Reversing this is inconceivable based on international norms. It makes South Korea seem like it’s not even a  state. Fewer companies will invest in South Korea.” According to the network, many other participants called on the government to take a strong stance against Seoul, making such remarks as: “The government should protect companies’ assets,” and “Not only the government but also the LDP should come up with countermeasures.” The network said it was confirmed at the joint meeting that if it becomes difficult to resolve the issue through diplomatic negotiations, the GOJ should consider holding an arbitration session with a third country in attendance based on the Agreement on the Settlement of Problems concerning Property and Claims.

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