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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korean court orders sale of seized Mitsubishi Heavy assets

First ruling of its kind on wartime labor inflames Tokyo-Seoul tensions

A South Korean woman forced to work for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries during World War II appears before the Supreme Court in November 2018.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- A South Korean court on Monday ordered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' seized assets to be sold as compensation for women forced to work for the company during World War II, in a move expected to further chill relations between Japan and South Korea.

The Daejeon District Court ordered the liquidation of two patents and two trademarks from Mitsubishi Heavy, including the company logo used in South Korea, according to a support group for the plaintiffs.

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