Japanese firm ordered to compensate forced Korean laborers in landmark ruling

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

The landmark ruling made by the Seoul High Court 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.

In a collective lawsuit filed by four South Koreans taken to Japan to work for Nippon Steel Corp., in 1941, the court ordered the firm to pay 100 million won (US$88,000) to each victim to compensate for their unpaid salaries and mental suffering.

The company changed its name to Nippon Steel