South Koreans to sue Mitsubishi for war labor

Kyodo

Six South Koreans will file a suit on Monday with the Pusan District Court demanding Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. pay 600 million won (60 million yen) in damages for forcing them to labor in Japan during World War II, their supporters said Wednesday.

The lawsuit will be the first seeking compensation for Japan’s wartime misdeeds to be filed by Asians in their own country against a Japanese company. , according to an association of Japanese lawyers supporting wartime compensation suits. The suit says that Pak Chang Hwan, 77, and the five others were taken in 1944 from Korea to work at Mitsubishi’s Hiroshima factories. , then under Japanese rule, to work at They were in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on Aug. 6, 1945.

The damages being sought are for unpaid wages and compensation, the lawyers said.