So. Korea: Workers forced into labour for Japanese companies during World War II launch lawsuits before statute of limitations ends

Author: Yosuke Onchi, Nikkei Asian Review (Japan), Published on: 27 March 2019

"South Koreans ready more wartime labor suits as clock ticks", 20 Mar 2019

South Koreans who were forced to work for Japanese corporations during World War II are rushing to file additional lawsuits before the statute of limitations runs out.

Attorneys representing a group of wartime laborers told reporters Tuesday that they will file a new suit next month. They will recruit more former workers and surviving relatives to join them in the next few weeks...

The news conference took place in Gwangju in southwestern South Korea, a region where more than 1,000 people may fit the description. The attorneys were the same ones who represented former members of the Korean Women's Volunteer Labor Corps, which sent young women to work at various Japanese employers during the war, and won a Supreme Court verdict in November ordering Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to pay reparations...
The lawyers said they "cannot predict" the scale of the class action or the total number of companies they will sue. This follows a similar announcement in January from a separate group of lawyers representing wartime laborers who said they will file a suit against Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal in April...

 

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Related companies: Hitachi Zosen Inova Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nachi-Fujikoshi Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal