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Wartime labor ruling furthers South Korea's push for penance

Tokyo-Seoul rift widens as second Japanese company ordered to pay damages

The South Korean Supreme Court has supported lower court rulings ordering Japanese companies like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to compensate wartime laborers.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- The South Korean Supreme Court's order for a second Japanese company to compensate wartime laborers sets another precedent for a dozen similar cases yet to be decided, deepening the diplomatic divide between Tokyo and Seoul.

Two appeals from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries were rejected Thursday, upholding lower court rulings that awarded damages to two groups of former laborers forced to work during World War II.

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