Japanese firm ordered to compensate forced Korean laborers in landmark ruling

SEOUL, July 10 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean court, in a landmark ruling, on Wednesday ordered a Japanese steelmaker to pay compensation for its former Korean employees who were forcibly drafted into the Japanese workforce decades ago during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

The Seoul High Court ruling is the first of its kind either in South Korea or Japan since the end of the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. Japan and South Korea normalized relations in 1965.

In a collective lawsuit filed by four South Korean forced laborers, the court ordered the Nippon Steel