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South Korean drive to 'purge evils' revives wartime labor suit

Court ruling against Nippon Steel part of larger effort to combat societal ills

SEOUL -- The South Korean Supreme Court's order that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal compensate four Koreans who were forced to work for the company during World War II takes place against a backdrop of President Moon Jae-in's campaign to combat social ills in the country.

Japan maintains that the 1965 treaty restoring diplomatic ties between the two countries settled the matter of wartime compensation.

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