Some 350 Korean survivors of forced labor and the families of deceased victims are planning to file a lawsuit against 17 Japanese companies, seeking 100 million won in compensation per person.
Japan's Kyodo News and public broadcaster NHK both reported on Wednesday that Korean victims of forced labor during World War Two and the bereaved families will soon file the suit with the Seoul Central District Court.
An association of Korean victims of forced labor announced the plan Tuesday in a news conference in Seoul. The association has arranged three similar class action cases involving about one-thousand plaintiffs and is planning another suit involving 850 people.
Japan has claimed that all colonial-era issues were resolved through the 1965 treaty that normalized diplomatic ties between Seoul and Tokyo. However, the South Korean Supreme Court ruled in May 2012 that the treaty did not include individuals' rights to damages.