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S Korea forced labor victim gets compensation from Japanese firm

By Jack Kim

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All this is just politicians from both sides using the victims to their own benefit. But one point is true, I have never see a honest declaration of the Japanese government assuming the guilty and asking forgiveness. The Japanese goverment keep trying to buring the history and left just the part where they are the victim. Learn from their ally of the time Germany.

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The cost for lawyers to defend the case must be a hundred times more than the compensation asked for. Logically they should have simply paid the pittance and made a public apology and used it as a positive media event to gain sales in South Korea, which would have cost less than a media campaign, and would recoup their payout in weeks.

Instead they get bad publicity in South Korea by fighting this for years. A horrible decision by the company concerned, and by the others also spending millions of dollars to fight a payout of a few thousand dollars. Just pay up and be done with it. You use slave labor and get caught doing it, you need to pay compensation. We would all expect it if it was us that had been the slave labor. Time does not dilute the crime.

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The Japanese government already made reparations with the 1965 treaty. Instead of compensating the victims, the Korean government poured the money into the chaebol. The victims should be complaining to the Korean government, not the Japanese.

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Not even a word of apology, or an act of contrition from these Zaibatsu conglomerates who are hiding behind a treaty. Show some humanity or these protests will never die.

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A spokesperson for Hitachi Zosen said it was "extremely regrettable" that the court released the money to the family.….


It’s extremely regrettable that Japanese companies resorted to ‘slavery’ too!

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The family of a South Korean man forced to work for a Japanese company during Japan's 1910-1945 occupation has received money from the Japanese firm he worked for, marking the first time a forced labor victim has secured such funds in a legal case.

Congratulations and a long time coming. And a travesty that he is the first.

More corporate assets should be seized and forfeited to benefit the victims of corporate malfeasance.

Bows and apologies are insufficient.

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The Supreme Court has also ruled that the laborers' right to reparation was not terminated by the 1965 treaty that Tokyo says settled the matter of forced labor and wartime sex abuse.

Their country, their rules.

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