Xinhua News Agency, Tokyo, January 7th The Korean plaintiff who forced the Korean labor case during the Second World War in Japan had applied to the court to detain some of the Japanese defendant's corporate assets in Korea. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yu Yiwei said on the 7th that the Japanese government will consider taking countermeasures against South Korea on this matter.
Zhai Yiwei said at the regular press conference that day that the Japanese government was waiting to see South Korea's practices and considering coping strategies. In addition, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given relevant instructions, and the relevant government departments will further strengthen cooperation and In-depth discussion of specific countermeasures based on international law.
Zhai Yiwei said that he is very sorry about the recent negative actions of South Korea on Japan-ROK relations. He said that although the current situation in Japan-ROK relations is very serious, Japan will continue to ask South Korea to adopt a proper response based on its consistent position.
At the end of October last year, the Supreme Court of South Korea sentenced Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Co., Ltd. to assume the responsibility of forcing Korean workers' compensation during World War II, and concluded that the agreement signed between Korea and Japan in the restoration of diplomatic relations in 1965 did not hinder the claim for individual claims. The move triggered a strong reaction from the Japanese government. Since Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Co., Ltd. did not enforce the compensation judgment made by the court, the South Korean plaintiff announced on the 2nd of this month that it had applied to a Korean court to seize the assets of the company in Korea.
Abe said on the 6th of the NHK TV program that the relevant issues have been fully and finally resolved when the two countries resumed diplomatic relations in 1965 and signed the Japan-Korea Claims Agreement. Japan will rely on international law for this matter. Responding, and said that the relevant government departments have been instructed to explore specific countermeasures.
In recent days, Japan-Korea relations have been continually evolving due to a series of problems such as the forced labor case and the Korea Dissolution of the Comfort Women Foundation. Since the end of last month, the two countries have launched a war of words around the issue of radar exposure.
Kyodo News reported that under Abe's instructions, the Japanese government is speeding up the development of countermeasures against South Korea. The Japanese government hopes to exert pressure on the Korean government by maintaining a tough stance. With the development of the situation, Japan-ROK relations may be further strained.