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South Korea court dismisses comfort women lawsuit, contradicts earlier ruling

A South Korean court on Wednesday (April 21) upheld Japan s state immunity to dismiss a lawsuit raised by a group of women who were forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels, contradicting a ruling in a separate earlier case that ordered Tokyo to compensate victims. Remnants of Japan s 1910 - 45 colonial rule of the Korean peninsula remain contentious for both sides, with many surviving comfort women - a Japanese euphemism for the sex abuse victims - demanding Tokyo s formal apology and compensation. Diplomatic tension flared in January when another judge at the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favour of other women in a separate case, ordering Japan to pay compensation for the first time. That verdict had drawn a rebuke from Tokyo which says the issue was settled under a 1965 treaty and a 2015 deal.  But on Wednesday a judge at the same court recognised Japan s right to state immunity from overseas lawsuits, contradicting the January ruling that Japan could not assert immunity for a crime against humanity.


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