Japan officially requests talks with S. Korea under 1965 treaty,… regarding Seoul’s forced..
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Japan officially requests talks with S. Korea under 1965 treaty,… regarding Seoul’s forced..

December 8, 2019


Tensions continue to rise between Seoul and
Tokyo over the South Korean Supreme Court’s forced labor ruling last year. As the Japanese firm did not respond to the
court’s orders to compensate the victims, another court approved a petition to seize
some of the company’s Korea-based assets. In response, Tokyo has officially requested
Seoul resolve the problem through talks. Lee Ji-won has the latest. Japan has officially requested talks with
South Korea under the 1965 bilateral agreement, regarding a Seoul court’s ruling last year
on compensation for wartime forced labor. “We have received a request for bilateral
talks from Japan. We will closely review the request.” Spokesperson Noh said nothing has been decided
on how the talks will be held,… and reiterated Seoul’s stance on respecting judicial independence,
and how it is working with related ministries and experts to come up with an official response. This comes after South Korea’s Daegu District
Court… officially froze local assets of Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation
on Wednesday upon the plaintiffs’ request. Last October, Seoul’s Supreme Court ordered
that the Japanese firm compensate four South Korean victims about 87-thousand U.S. dollars
each for their unpaid forced labor at the company during World War II. But with the Japanese steelmaker refusing
to respond to the court’s order, a notice was sent out to freeze 81-thousand of the
firm’s shares in a joint-venture with a South Korean firm. The shares are worth around 357-thousand dollars. Japan has been strongly protesting the court’s
results, arguing that the issue was settled through the 1965 bilateral agreement that
normalized ties between the two countries. With both sides standing firm, eyes are now
on whether Seoul will accept the talks, which would be the first such talks under the treaty. A senior South Korean official at the foreign
ministry told reporters Thursday that by the ministry’s “close review” of Japan’s request,…
it could mean that Seoul may re-request the talks to Japan,… but add other controversial
issues to the agenda. This could include talks over Japan’s wartime
sexual enslavement of Korean women, which Seoul requested in 2011, but was rejected
by Tokyo. Meanwhile, in case negotiations don’t work
out,… Japan is reportedly preparing to take the matter to the International Court of Justice. According to Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency,
Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, citing a Japanese foreign affairs official, said
Tokyo has already chosen its lawyers and is getting ready for the international trial. The 1965 treaty also calls for an arbitration
committee that involves a third country to resolve the issue,… but this too will have
to be accepted by the other side, in this case, Seoul. The official said Japan will wait for Seoul’s
official response. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.

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  1. >>>>The 1965 treaty also calls for an arbitration committee that involves a third country to resolve the issue,… but this too will have to be accepted by the other side, in this case, Seoul.

    Japan can call for an arbitration at the ICA in The Hague where Korea's acceptance or presence is not at all required. Consultation with Seoul seems to end up another waste of time..

  2. In 1965 Japan gave $800 million as reparations for the occupation of Korea, in a combination of grants and low-interest loans. This was part of the Korea-Japan Normalization Treaty of 1965,while the South Korean side insisted that the Japanese government was still obliged to pay compensation.

    Korean be no better than a beggar.

  3. Korean self-claimed forced laborers actually volunteered for a job in Japan.
    [So-called "forced labor" trials]
    http://hontonorekishi.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-33.html
    [Reality of Korean mobilization to Japan]

    http://hontonorekishi.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-18.html
    [Propaganda against the Battleship Island]
    http://hontonorekishi.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-37.html

    See also;
    [Chronology of Korean comfort women propaganda]

    http://hontonorekishi.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-29.html
    [Video evidence to deny Korean propaganda]

    http://hontonorekishi.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-10.html

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