The Shanghai Maritime Court has impounded a ship owned by Japanese shipping giant Mitsui OSK Lines for failing to respond to a compensation order stemming from a wartime contractual dispute, Kyodo News reported Sunday, citing Shanghai municipal authorities.
The court seized the Baosteel Emotion container ship at a port in Zhejiang province Saturday, the report said.
The seizure appears to be the first confiscation of a Japanese company’s asset in a lawsuit over wartime compensation, Kyodo said.
The South China Morning Post reported the dispute stems from a deal in the 1930s between Chung Wei Steamship Co. and the Japanese shipping firm. Two ships leased to the Japanese firm were “taken over” after war broke out, but were later sunk.
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