Tokyo is currently analyzing what actions to take after a group of South Koreans has come forward to seize some of the assets of a Japanese company during a labor lawsuit in time of war, he said.
Suga refers to the ruling of the Supreme Court of South Korea that ordered the company Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to pay compensation to South Korean citizens for forced labor during the Japanese occupation (1910-1945).
Faced with the company’s refusal to comply with the verdict, the South Korean plaintiffs sought to seize some assets of Nippon Steel to ensure collection of compensation.
The Japanese government criticized the Court’s decision and argued that the issue of damages was resolved under a 1956 treaty with South Korea.
Suga emphasized that the country’s ministries will work together to discuss how Japan can take countermeasures based on international law.
As part of an escalation of bilateral tensions, Seoul and Tokyo also maintain differences over the behavior of a South Korean warship and a Japanese maritime patrol plane that were found in the waters of the East.
About this particular, the spokesman said that the necessary consultations between the defense officials of both nations will continue to analyze the evidence presented by both countries.