TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is contemplating taking a dispute with South Korea over its compensation for wartime compelled laborers to the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice because the deadline for searching for third-country arbitration passes on Thursday, public broadcaster NHK reported.
FILE PHOTO: A police officer stands guard close to Japan and South Korea nationwide flags in Tokyo June 22, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
The query of compensation for South Koreans for labor throughout Japan’s 1910-45 occupation of the Korean peninsula has soured the U.S. allies’ relations, which took a flip for the more severe this month when Japan restricted exports of high-tech materials to South Korea.
South Korea’s Supreme Courtroom final 12 months ordered two Japanese firms to compensate the wartime employees in a ruling that Tokyo mentioned violated worldwide legislation. Japan believes the problem of compensation was settled below a 1965 treaty.
With no mutually palatable settlement, Tokyo has pushed for third-party arbitration, which Seoul has rejected. Midnight (1500 GMT Thursday) is the deadline for making these preparations, Japanese deputy chief cupboard secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura mentioned.
Nishimura informed a daily briefing that Tokyo had not obtained any phrase on Seoul’s resolution. He added the federal government would proceed to “strongly urge” its neighbor to just accept the arbitration process.
NHK mentioned that after the deadline passes, Japan would proceed to push Seoul for proposals to finish the dispute whereas getting ready for countermeasures – together with contemplating going to the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice.
The case can’t go to trial, nevertheless, with out settlement from South Korea, Kyodo information company reported.
Officers at Japan’s overseas ministry weren’t instantly obtainable to remark.
Japan initially cited the dispute over compensation for the wartime laborers as being behind what it sees as damaged belief with South Korea when it introduced tighter export controls this month. Tokyo has careworn that the controls weren’t retaliation over the forced-labor dispute.
In a separate report, Kyodo information cited Japanese authorities sources as saying Tokyo would reject Seoul’s request to carry one other working-level assembly to debate the export controls.
The latest one, held final week in Tokyo, stoked tensions additional as the 2 sides publicly contested the accounts of their frosty assembly.
South Korea has appealed to ally United States to defuse the stress with Japan, warning of threats to world provides reminiscence chips and smartphones.
A senior South Korean authorities official mentioned on Wednesday the export curbs might harm world expertise firms together with the operations of Samsung within the Texas state capital of Austin.
Throughout a go to to Seoul on Wednesday, David Stilwell, the highest U.S. diplomat for East Asia coverage, mentioned the USA would “do what it might do” to assist, however didn’t elaborate on what these steps could be and mentioned it was essentially as much as South Korea and Japan to resolve their variations.
Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim and Kaori Kaneko in TOKYO, Rishika Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Modifying by Michael Perry