South Korea's top court yesterday ordered a Japanese steel giant to pay compensation over its use of forced labour during World War II, in a decision that threatens to plunge ties between the two neighbours into a deep freeze.
The verdict against Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation - slammed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as "unimaginable on the basis of international law" - may also jeopardise Japanese business interests in South Korea.
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