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Five things to know about South Korea's wartime labor ruling

Dozens of other Japanese companies face the prospect of losing similar cases

Judges of South Korea's Supreme Court in Seoul on Oct. 30.   © Reuters

SEOUL/TOKYO -- South Korea's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Japanese steelmaker Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to pay compensation of 100 million won ($88,000) each to four Koreans who were forced to work for the company during World War II.

The verdict goes against the Japanese government's view that the wartime labor issue was resolved in a 1965 treaty normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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