Historical Issues between Korea and Japan and Judicial Activism: Focus on the Recent Supreme Court Decision on Japanese Forced Labor

in The Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law
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Abstract

The Supreme Court decision regarding “Compensation for Forced Labor” concerns the victims of forced labor who were employed by Japanese munitions companies for the production of weapons during the colonial era. The victims filed a damage suit against these companies for unlawful acts and for the payment of unpaid wages, for which the Supreme Court upheld their right to compensation and payment of wages. This article describes the progress leading up to these decisions, discusses their significance, and evaluates the implications of judicial activism in these issues that concern Korea’s colonial past.

Historical Issues between Korea and Japan and Judicial Activism: Focus on the Recent Supreme Court Decision on Japanese Forced Labor

in The Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law

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Law no. 55 enacted Apr. 1 1938.

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Verdict 68620supra note 4 at 2.

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Verdict 22549supra note 4 at 2.

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Verdict 68620supra note 4 at 3.

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Verdict 22549supra note 4 at 3.

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Verdict 68620supra note 4 at 7.

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Law no. 7 enacted Aug. 14 1946.

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Law no. 40 enacted Oct. 19 1946.

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Verdict 68620supra note 4 at 4–5.

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Verdict 68620supra note 4 at 8; Verdict 22549 supra note 4 at 9-10.

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Verdict 22549supra note 4 at 4 (referring to Verdict 68620 supra note 4 at 4: “The old Nippon Steel Corporation was designated as a ‘special accounting company or special accounting corporation’ and subsequently dissolved on April 1 1950 pursuant to the enactment and implementation of Japan’s Emergency Corporate Accounting Measures Law and Corporation Reconstruction and Maintenance Law . . .”).

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2011 Comfort Women Decisionsupra note 2 at 18 (minority opinion).

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