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South Korea’s top court to issue ruling on wartime forced labor claims against Japanese firm Updated: 2018-10-30 07:30:16 KST

South Korea's Supreme Court is set to rule on a damages lawsuit against Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation that was brought by four Korean victims of forced labor during Japan's colonial rule of Korea.
The verdict is due to be announced at 2PM, Korea time.
It comes more than five years since the lawsuit was brought by the plaintiffs in 2013.
At that time, the Seoul High Court ordered the company to pay around 88-thousand U.S. dollars per victim, before the appeal was lodged by the steel company.
The Japanese government continues to maintain a 1965 bilateral agreement settled the issue of individuals' right to seek compensation, despite South Korea's top court's ruling in 2012 that the agreement does not invalidate the right to bring court cases.
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