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Mitsubishi Heavy ordered to pay wartime compensation in South Korea

The Supreme Court decision is set to further sour Japan-South Korea ties

Supporters of laborers forced to work during Japanese colonial rule protest in front of the Supreme Court in Seoul on Nov.29. (Photo by Yosuke Onchi)

SEOUL -- South Korea's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to pay compensation to two groups of South Koreans who were forced to work for the company during World War II.

The ruling comes a month after the court made a similar order against Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal -- a verdict that further strained the already fractious ties between Tokyo and Seoul.

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