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Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Wednesday he has called on his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, to take “firm and resolute” action over a Supreme Court ruling ordering a Japanese steel firm to compensate four South Koreans subject to forced labor during Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

“As Minister Kang said, the South Korean government has started discussions as to how to address the matter. We will wait for its decision,” Kono told reporters at the Foreign Ministry following phone talks with Kang.

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