Younger Shin victorious once again in Lotte war

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Younger Shin victorious once again in Lotte war

Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin was reappointed on Wednesday as director of Lotte Holdings, the group’s Japanese unit.

Shin Dong-joo, his brother, the eldest son of Lotte founder Shin Kyuk-ho and former vice chairman of Lotte Holdings, was not returned to the board.

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At the Lotte Holdings annual meeting in Tokyo, shareholders voted to keeping Shin Dong-bin on the board. They voted against appointing Shin Dong-joo as director, dashing his hopes of regaining a seat.

Lotte Holdings, the Japanese company, is a major shareholder of Lotte Hotel, which owns stock in various Lotte companies in Korea.

Since July 2015, when the two brothers started battling for influence within the group, Shin Dong-bin has regularly come out on top during shareholder meetings in Japan.

Shin Dong-joo, the older brother, was ousted as the Lotte Holdings vice chairman in late 2014 and was dismissed from board positions at four Lotte subsidiaries, including Lotte International and Lotte Property & Development.

Although he lodged a suit in November 2015 for unfair dismissal, Japan’s Supreme Court rejected the former vice chairman’s appeal last week. Shin Dong-joo had demanded 620 million yen ($5.8 million) in compensation.

He is expected to continue fighting for return to the board.

“I have continuously attempted to make peace with Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin,” Shin Dong-joo said, the largest shareholder of Kwang Yoon Sa, which owns 28.1 percent of Lotte Holdings.

BY KO JUN-TAE [ko.juntae@joongang.co.kr]

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