Japan declines to take China to ICJ over Mitsui O.S.K. ship seizure


Japan said Tuesday it has no plans to file a complaint with the International Court of Justice over China’s seizure of a ship owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.

The government will put pressure on China to create an environment in the country in which Japanese companies can do business in safety, it said in a statement.

In April, Shanghai Maritime Court seized Mitsui O.S.K.’s Baosteel Emotion, an iron ore carrier, in connection with a dispute over a wartime lease contract. The court ended the seizure after the major Japanese shipping company paid compensation and overdue interest.

The government issued the statement in response to a question submitted by two lawmakers in the House of Representatives.