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Japan Court Rules Against Sex Slaves and Laborers

Author: Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, Published on: 28 April 2007

In two landmark rulings, Japan’s highest court on Friday rejected compensation claims filed by former wartime sex slaves and forced laborers from China but acknowledged that they had been coerced by the Japanese military or industry…In the forced labor case, the court overturned a lower court’s ruling in 2004 ordering Nishimatsu to pay $230,000 to five Chinese plaintiffs who were forced to work at a hydroelectric plant in 1944. But the presiding judge took note of the plaintiffs “extremely large mental and physical suffering” and called on the company to “provide relief to the victims...”

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