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South Korea court dismisses wartime labor case against Japan companies

Ruling was unexpected as it contradicts Supreme Court verdict in 2018

Ties between South Korea and Japan have soured since South Korean Supreme Court rulings in 2018 ordered Nippon Steel and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to compensate South Korean plaintiffs.

SEOUL -- A Seoul district court on Monday unexpectedly dismissed a compensation lawsuit filed by 85 Korean laborers forced to work for 16 Japanese companies during World War II.

The Seoul Central District Court rejected the complaint filed against the companies including Nippon Steel, Nissan Chemical, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Sumiseki Materials because South Korea and Japan signed a treaty in 1965 to resolve the issue.

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