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War compensation [Japan]

Author: [editorial] Asahi Shimbun [Japan], Published on: 30 April 2007

The Supreme Court Friday ruled that...individual Chinese people have...[no] right to seek through the judicial system compensation for suffering inflicted by wartime Japan. This ruling...rejected all claims for compensation from the Japanese government and private companies. The plaintiffs in the case were Chinese men who were forcibly brought to Japan to provide labor during World War II... Considering that the Chinese war victims suffered extremely grave physical and psychological pain and that the defendant companies profited from their forced labor, the court said, it is hoped that the companies and other parties concerned would make efforts to provide redress to the plaintiffs. Rather than calling for the companies to take voluntary action, however, the top court should have ordered them to provide relief.

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