All Wednesday morning papers took up a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday by lawyers for South Koreans requisitioned to work in Japanese plants during the WWII. The Korean lawyers reportedly stressed that if Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp continues to refuse to hold talks on the payment of compensation ordered by the ROK Supreme Court, they will take legal action to seize the company’s financial assets in South Korea. The attorneys have reportedly set Dec. 24 as the deadline. The Japanese steel firm has already twice rejected their requests for meetings.
In a related story, Nikkei wrote that the Moon administration has launched an inter-agency taskforce in charge of dealing with the recent Supreme Court rulings ordering Japanese corporations to pay compensation to Koreans requisitioned to work in their plants during Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. Asahi wrote that several ideas have been discussed within the Moon administration on how to deal with the controversial court verdicts, such as launching a fund, filing a suit with the International Court of Justice, and expressing support for the implementation of the rulings.