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Japan to seek arbitration on ROK court orders for forced labor compensation

  • February 2, 2019
  • , Asahi, Mainichi
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Saturday’s Asahi and Mainichi wrote that concerning the South Korean Supreme Court’s rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay compensation to former South Korean requisitioned workers, the GOJ has decided to seek arbitration based on the 1965 Agreement on the Settlement of Problems Concerning Property and Claims with South Korea if the ROK government refuses to hold talks on the matter. The 1965 agreement stipulates that the two nations should settle their disputes at an arbitration panel involving a third country if they fail to do so bilaterally. The papers wrote that although the GOJ asked the ROK government on Jan. 9 to respond within 30 days to Japan’s request for talks, there is a view within the GOJ that Seoul is unlikely to accept Japan’s request. The papers added that it remains to be seen whether the panel will be set up because doing so would require Seoul’s consent.

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