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[$$] South Korea orders reparations over Japan wartime forced labour

Bryan Harris in Seoul and Robin Harding in Tokyo

Thursday’s ruling follows a similar judgment by the top court in Seoul last month that sparked a sharp backlash from Tokyo and triggered a marked cooling of ties. a central component of a landmark bilateral deal with Tokyo, which was meant to draw a line under Japan’s use of wartime sex slaves. , relations between Japan and South Korea have remained frosty for decades, mostly due to disputes that stem from Tokyo’s wartime control of the Korean peninsula.