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70 Japanese companies at risk of litigation after wartime ruling

Revived specter of historical labor issues leaves corporate Japan on edge

Lee Choon-shik, a victim who was forced to work for a Japanese company during World War II, sits inside the Supreme Court in Seoul on Oct. 30, 2018.   © Reuters

TOKYO/SEOUL -- Tuesday's ruling by South Korea's Supreme Court on a contentious wartime labor case involving Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal looks certain to extend beyond the Japanese steelmaker, immediately putting roughly 70 Japanese companies in South Korea at risk of losing similar court cases.

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