S.Korean top court rejects Mitsubishi appeal

South Korea's Supreme Court has partially rejected an appeal put forward by Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries against the seizure of its assets in a wartime labor lawsuit.

A ruling by the Supreme Court in 2018 ordered Mitsubishi Heavy to compensate South Korean women who say they or their relatives were forced to work for the company under harsh conditions during World War Two.

Following the order, the plaintiffs filed requests that the patents and trademarks Mitsubishi has in South Korea be seized. A district court accepted the requests.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries filed appeals against the decisions given to each of the plaintiffs.

The Supreme Court sent papers to the company on Monday to notify its decision to partially turn down its appeal. Legal proceedings to sell the assets are continuing.

The Japanese government says any right to claims was settled completely and finally in 1965, when Japan and South Korea normalized ties.

The government argues that the compensation orders to Japanese firms and the legal proceedings are in breach of international law, and is urging South Korea to rectify the situation.