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Lawyers give Nippon Steel deadline for wartime labor ruling

Plaintiff attorneys threaten to seize Korean assets after Dec. 24

Lawyers representing former Korean wartime laborers speak to reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Photo by Hidetake Miyamoto)
Lawyers representing former Korean wartime laborers speak to reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Photo by Hidetake Miyamoto)

TOKYO/SEOUL -- Lawyers representing former South Korean wartime laborers seeking redress from Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal gave the Japanese steelmaker a Christmas Eve deadline to begin talks with the plaintiffs to honor a court-ordered compensation or risk having their assets in South Korea seized.

"We wish for [Nippon Steel] to responsibly demonstrate the intention to discuss" the ruling, one of the attorneys said Tuesday in Tokyo. The litigators specifically set the time limit at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 before they initiate the process for asset seizures, the first time that such a deadline was set in lawsuits by wartime laborers.

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