[Newsmaker] Appeals court upholds another wartime forced labor victim's compensation claim

By Yonhap
  • Published : Jan 23, 2019 - 15:09
  • Updated : Jan 23, 2019 - 15:09

A Seoul appellate court on Wednesday upheld another compensation claim by an elderly South Korean victim of Japan's wartime forced labor, ordering Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp. to pay her 100 million won ($88,754).

The appeals division of the Seoul Central District Court made the ruling in favor of Lee Choon-myeon, 88, who filed litigation accusing the Japanese company of forcing her to toil without pay in poor working conditions during World War II. 

Lee Choon-myeon (Yonhap)

Wednesday's court ruling adds to the series of recent court decisions made in favor of Korean forced labor victims. Last week, the same court reached a similar ruling for 27 surviving victims and families of those who had worked at a Fujikoshi factory in the mid-1940s.

South Korea's Supreme Court made two landmark rulings late last year in favor of dozens of victims who had worked for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

Lee lodged the suit in May 2015, seeking the same amount in damages. The lower court ruled in Lee's favor in March 2017, and Fujikoshi then appealed the decision. (Yonhap)