Japan court rejects former sex slaves' compensation demand

Ulhas Joglekar ulhasj at SPAMbom4.vsnl.net.in
Mon Dec 11 19:25:54 MST 2000


Thursday
7 December 2000

Japan court rejects former sex slaves' compensation demand
TOKYO: A Japanese court on Wednesday rejected demands by Filipino women
forced into sexual slavery by Japan's army during World War II for
compensation from the government.
The Tokyo High Court upheld a lower court ruling that the government has no
obligation to pay damages to the 80 Filipino women who had demanded 920
million yen ($9 million), said court official Ikuo Morita.
The ruling comes less than a week after the court rejected a former Korean
sex slave's demands for compensation, and on the same day activists were to
open a "Women's International War Crimes Tribunal" in Tokyo on Japan's
sexual slavery.
The "tribunal" was expected to condemn the Japanese government's refusal to
own up to atrocities committed by soldiers during Japan's colonisation of
Asian countries in the decades leading up to World War II. Also on
Wednesday, two South Korean women sued the government and Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries Ltd. for forcing them to work in a factory in Nagoya, western
Japan, during the war.
Historians say some 200,000 women, mostly Koreans and Filipinas, were forced
to work in wartime Japanese brothels.
Tokyo has acknowledged that its wartime military was systematically involved
in brothel operation, but it has refused to provide direct, official
compensation or an official apology to individuals.
It insists that all government-level compensation has been settled by
postwar peace treaties, including its 1965 treaty with South Korea.(AP)
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