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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan eyes damages if South Korea sells seized company assets

Tokyo seeks response as looming Mitsubishi sell-off deepens wartime labor row

Victims of wartime labor and their supporters demonstrate for reparations in Seoul. The issue has been a sticking point in bilateral ties for years.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Tokyo is considering seeking damages from Seoul should seized Japanese corporate assets be sold off as part of their feud over wartime labor, as tensions between the neighboring countries deepen.

South Korea's Supreme Court has ordered several Japanese companies to pay South Koreans forced to work for them during World War II. Attorneys of plaintiffs against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announced Tuesday that they will start the procedure to sell copyrights and patents seized as compensation from the company.

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