At a press conference on Oct. 30, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said with reference to the issue of the former South Korean requisitioned workers: “It was South Korea that violated international law,” thus indicating that the Japanese government will continue to call on the ROK to take remedial actions. The chief cabinet secretary once again explained Japan’s stance as Oct. 30 marks the first anniversary of the ruling by the South Korea’s Supreme Court that ordered a Japanese company to pay compensation to the former South Korean workers.
The ROK government has said it cannot take actions that run counter to the Supreme Court’s ruling because such actions are against the principle of the separation of powers.
In response, Suga stressed, “That is South Korea’s internal issue. It does not justify breaches of obligation under international law.” He pointed out that “the Agreement on the Settlement of Problems concerning Property and Claims and on Economic Co-operation between Japan and the Republic of Korea is an international treaty and all organizations of a state must comply with (international law).”