Suga Criticizes Moon's Wartime Labor Ruling Remark

Suga criticizes Moon's wartime labor ruling remark

Japan's top government spokesman has harshly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his remarks about South Korean court rulings on wartime labor.

Moon referred on Thursday to the ruling that ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to compensate South Korean plaintiffs who say they were forced to work for the Japanese company during World War Two.

Suga: No Reply From S.korea On Wartime Labor Talks

Suga: No reply from S.Korea on wartime labor talks

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says South Korea has yet to reply to a request for talks over the issue of wartime laborers from the Korean Peninsula.

The Japanese government on Wednesday asked for talks with South Korea, as stipulated in a 1965 agreement between the two countries.

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.

Asset Seizure Approved Over Wartime Labor

Asset seizure approved over wartime labor

A court in South Korea has approved a seizure of assets held in the country by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal following a final court decision ordering the Japanese firm to pay compensation for wartime labor.

South Korean plaintiffs said on Tuesday that the Pohang branch of the Daegu district court approved a petition for the seizure on January third.

Govt. To Mull Countermeasures Over Wartime Labor

Govt. to mull countermeasures over wartime labor

Japan's top government spokesman says the country will consider what action to take after a group of South Koreans filed to seize some of the assets of a Japanese firm over a wartime labor lawsuit.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga made the remark while speaking to reporters on Monday.

Kono, Kang Discuss Wartime Labor Rulings

Kono, Kang discuss wartime labor rulings

The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea have held phone talks amid strained ties over the South Korean Supreme Court's rulings on wartime labor.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha spoke for about 30 minutes before noon on Wednesday.

Govt. Inquires About Wartime Labor Suits

Govt. inquires about wartime labor suits

The Japanese government has begun seeking information from private firms that are facing damages lawsuits by people who were forced to work for them during World War Two.

The action comes as South Korea's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to compensate 4 Korean plaintiffs who worked for the company against their wishes during the war.

S.korea's Top Court To Rule On Wartime Labor

S.Korea's top court to rule on wartime labor

South Korea's Supreme Court will rule Tuesday on a lawsuit filed by 4 people who say they were forced to work at steel mills in Japan during World War Two.

The South Korean plaintiffs filed the suit against Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, saying they were conscripted and forced to work between 1941 and 1943.

Search For Civilian Ships Sunk In Wartime Begins

Search for civilian ships sunk in wartime begins

Japanese university researchers have begun searching for 4 civilian ships that were sunk by US attacks in the East China Sea during World War Two.

A team from Kyushu Institute of Technology arrived on Friday night at the site of where one of the wrecks is thought to be located.

Lisa's In And Around Tokyo: Noborito--home To Wartime Balloon Bombs, Counterfeit Cash

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: Noborito--Home to wartime balloon bombs, counterfeit cash

I looked at the old sakura tree near the defunct Imperial Japanese Army Noborito Laboratory Museum for Education in Peace and thought about the person who long ago planted that tree.

Who was he, and what was going through his mind? Could the person be a she? Either way, that person is probably no longer with us. That tree, however, that has seen so much, continues to witness all that we do or don't do, and through the seasons, stands there, just being.

Wartime Bomb Disposal Halts Bullet Trains

Wartime bomb disposal halts bullet trainsWork to dispose of an unexploded wartime bomb has halted bullet train services in central Japan.
Officials of Central Japan Railway and the city of Hamamatsu say the bomb, believed to have been dropped by the US military during World War Two, was found at the railway company's factory in the city in August.

Imperial Navy Vet Feels Pressure To Keep Quiet About Wartime Experiences

Imperial Navy vet feels pressure to keep quiet about wartime experiencesKuniyoshi Takimoto, now 94, was almost killed during the Battle of Midway in June 1942. A mechanic aboard the Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier Hiryu, he was wounded in the shoulder after bombs from American Dauntless dive bombers ripped into the flight deck and sparked fires in the hangar bay below. The fires spread, the ship was abandoned, and sank the next morning -- one of four Japanese fleet carriers lost in the battle.

Tokyo Court Rules On Wartime Police Torture Case

Tokyo court rules on wartime police torture caseA Japanese court says the torture of suspects by wartime law enforcement authorities was illegal even under the old public security law. But the court rejected a demand for compensation.
About 60 people, including magazine editors, were arrested between 1942 and 1945 on charges of advocating communism and violating the now-defunct peace preservation law.