Daniel Halliday
Dec 24 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
Should Japanese companies recognise the South Korean Supreme Court’s ruling on forced labour reparations?
South Korean–Japanese relations have become strained recently following a couple of South Korean Supreme Court rulings that Japanese companies should compensate South Korean citizens for forced labour during World War Two. These rulings were criticised by the Japanese government and have rekindled territorial disputes leading to incidents such as a South Korean ship radar targeting a Japanese Special Defence Force plane. Should Japan continue to pay reparations to victims of war crimes during World War Two, or has this issue been sufficiently dealt with? www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181222_15
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The blame lies with the South Korean government
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The blame lies with the South Korean government

Direct talks and reparations were not agreed upon by the two nations until 1965 with the signing of the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea. These fourteen years of negotiations started with Korea demanding 364 million USD as compensation for the conscripted Korean military and workforce used by the Japanese in WW2, but the treaty established an 800 million USD of economic aid as a reparation. The blame for this diplomatic break down then lies in the hands of what has become the South Korean government, as the choice to receive industrial grants over direct victim compensation was the outcome of the 1965 treaty. Backtracking on this agreement is what is causing the consequent diplomatic friction between the two countries.

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