The Saga of Jeong v. Onoda Cement

The Saga of Jeong v. Onoda Cement


  • Journal title: International Journal of Korean History
  • ISSN: 1598-2041 (print) 2508-5921 (online)
  • Publisher: Korea University, Center for Korean History
  • Country of publisher: korea, republic of
  • Date added to EuroPub: 2018/May/12

Subject and more

  • LCC Subject Category: History
  • Publisher's keywords: Japanese residents in Korea, moral economy, Grain Export Prohibition Order, ‘modernization’, Political culture, Treaty of Peace, Jeong v. Onoda Cement, Jeong v. Teiheiyo Cement, Forced labor, Hayden Act, Peter D. Lichtman, Japan-Korea Agreement
  • Language of fulltext: english
  • Full-text formats available: PDF


    Semoon Chang



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Numerous civil lawsuits have been filed against Japan and Japanese businesses by Korean victims of World War II since 1972 and by American victims since the Hayden Act of 1999. The hypothesis of this paper is that the 1951 Treaty of Peace with Japan makes it almost, if not totally, impossible for individual victims of the Japan’s war crimes to recover any economic damages that they may have suffered. This hypothesis is explained through review of the progression of Jeong v. Onoda Cement, known also as Jeong v. Taiheiyo Cement since the purchase of Onoda Cement by Taiheiyo during litigation. This review is focused on presentation of Judge Lichtman’s ruling on a motion for summary judgment by defendants. A ruling by the California Court of Appeal that favored defendants was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on October 12, 2004. The saga of Jeong v. Onoda Cement ended on January 18, 2005.

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