A South Korean court on Friday ruled in favor of four Korean women who were forcibly conscripted as laborers during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, ordering Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to pay them 150 million won (about $141,510) each in compensation.

The Gwangju District Court, which issued the ruling, also ordered the same company to pay 80 million won to a fifth plaintiff whose two deceased family members, both of them women, were forcibly conscripted into labor for the Japanese.

The amount of compensation ordered for the four living victims of forced labor was a record high. Mitsubishi Heavy expressed its intention to appeal the ruling to a higher court.