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Lotte trials seen hampering group's Korea-Japan ties

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Lotte Chairman Shin Dong-bin   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- With three top figures in Lotte group's founding family headed for lengthy trials on corruption charges, the multinational's efforts to link its South Korean and Japanese sides together will likely be put on hold.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Wednesday indicted Lotte group Chairman Shin Dong-bin and his elder brother Shin Dong-joo -- formerly vice chairman of Lotte Holdings in Japan -- along with group founder Shin Kyuk-ho.

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