The dispute over the expropriation of employment is difficult to understand. Japan does not rule out resort to the International Court of Justice.

The dispute between Japan and South Korea due to the employment of former employers (Korean workers forced by Japanese companies) has deteriorated. South Korea has not responded to the Japanese arbitration request. It is today’s deadline and Japan will study the festival. “Countermeasures” and complaints to the International Court of Justice.

The South Korean Supreme Court ruled in October that the Japanese company had to compensate South Korean expropriation workers. The case originated from four South Koreans, including Li Chunzhi, who claimed to be forced to work in Japan during the Second World War. Therefore, in 2005, the Nippon Steel Corporation Sujin Steel Company filed a claim for compensation.

In addition to Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Co., Ltd., Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. was also awarded by the South Korean Supreme Court. However, Japanese companies have so far not compensated for the action, and the South Korean government’s former employer’s lawyers have ordered the seizure and sale of Japanese companies’ assets in South Korea. The Japanese government is quite dissatisfied.

Due to the deterioration of the dispute between Japan and South Korea, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan announced on July 1 that it has strengthened the control of three key electronic raw materials for fluorine-containing polyimine, photoresist and etching gas to South Korea, and officially launched on July 4. It is considered a counter-measure against South Korea, but the Japanese government denied it.

The Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) reported that the dispute over the expropriation of employment, the formalities required by Japan to hold an arbitration committee, is the deadline today. It is expected that South Korea will not respond specifically. Japan will re-request a solution and will also study Sacrifice “countermeasures” and lodge complaints with the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The Japanese government asked the South Korean government not to respond to the agreement between the two sides based on the Japan-South Korea claim, and in May this year requested the arbitration committee to appoint members.

However, South Korea did not appoint members, so the Japanese side requested an arbitration committee appointed by a third country on June 19.

If an arbitration committee is to be held, the relevant procedures must be completed today, but senior officials of the South Korean presidential palace have expressed that they will not respond to the Japanese government’s views.

If the South Korean side still does not respond today, the Japanese government will also study the implementation of “countermeasures” and file a complaint with the International Court of Justice while requesting a solution.

In fact, as early as May when demanding arbitration, the Japanese government’s internal view has been that the possibility of South Korea responding to arbitration is very low; if the South Korean side does not respond to arbitration, the Japanese government does not rule out resorting to the International Court of Justice.

Since Japan’s intensified control of exports of key semiconductor raw materials to South Korea in July, Japan-ROK relations have continued to deteriorate. It seems that the confrontation between the two sides is in jeopardy.

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