Japan To Ask S.korea For Talks On Wartime Labor

Japan to ask S.Korea for talks on wartime labor

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government plans to soon ask South Korea for talks based on a 1965 bilateral deal to discuss the recent court-ordered seizure of assets of a Japanese firm.

Suga made the comment on Wednesday after a South Korean district court approved the seizure of assets held in the country by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal.

In October, South Korea's top court ordered the Japanese firm to pay compensation to a group of South Koreans for wartime labor.

Japan says any right to claims was settled completely and finally when diplomatic relations were normalized in 1965.