Japan to seek talks with South Korea over Nippon Steel court decision

TOKYO: Japan will seek talks with Seoul regarding a South Korean court decision against a Japanese company over the issue of wartime forced labour, its top government spokesman said on Wednesday.

A South Korean court on Tuesday approved a request by plaintiffs in a wartime forced labour case to seize part of the local assets of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp, Yonhap News Agency said, citing a court official.

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that the government took the court decision seriously and that ministers would gather Wednesday afternoon to discuss how to respond.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher)


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