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Japan 'seeks talks' over forced labour case

South Korea's Ambassador to Japan Lee Su-hoon speaks to the media after meeting with Japan's foreign minister
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South Korea's Ambassador to Japan Lee Su-hoon speaks to the media after meeting with Japan's foreign minister

Japan's government wants talks with Seoul over a court decision that found against a firm that used wartime forced labour.

A South Korean court authorised the seizure of assets from Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal after it failed to honour an earlier order to compensate workers for their treatment during the war.

The issue is becoming a point of rising tension between the two countries.

"The Japanese government regards this very seriously. We plan to request a discussion with the South Korean government," government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.

The young people travelled 5,500 miles to meet the men who fought in the 1950-53 conflct.
The young people travelled more than 5,500 miles to meet the men who fought in the 1950-53 conflict.