Mitsubishi Heavy Industries dismissed the ruling made by the Busan High Court that ordered the firm to pay compensation for the families of 5 former South Korean laborers who were forced to work in the factory during World War II. The high court in Busan ordered the company to pay $71,800 to each of the five Koreans.
The Busan court said in its ruling that Mitsubishi forced the South Korean plaintiffs to “toil in poor conditions in Hiroshima and yet failed to pay wages,” and “did not provide proper shelters or food after the dropping of an atomic bomb” there in 1945. All five plaintiffs are now deceased; their families represented them in court, the American media writes.
Mitsubishi said the company has yet to confirm the details of the ruling and also added that it understands the claims issue was completely and finally settled under a treaty concluded between the 2 states, the media reports.
Mitsubishi said it is regrettable that the ruling denies the treaty and is unjust.
Also the company added that it will appeal the ruling to the South Korean Supreme Court again. Furthermore, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga added that the government’s stance that the claims issue between Japan and South Korea was settled under a 1965 treaty on property and claims as well as economic cooperation.
Suga said he was informed on Tuesday that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation has completed procedures to file an appeal with the South Korean Supreme Court over a similar ruling made on July 10th by the Seoul High Court.