Tokyo — The Supreme Court on Friday rejected four lawsuits seeking compensation by Chinese nationals, including one by two women who claimed to have been forced into sexual servitude during World War II.
The court said postwar agreements between the two countries deny Chinese individuals the right to seek compensation from Japan for wartime suffering. One of the women has already died. The top court used the same reasoning earlier in the day to turn down a demand for compensation by Chinese nationals forced to work as laborers for Nishimatsu Construction Co. during the war.
The Tokyo High Court had rejected the two women's demand for compensation, ruling that the 1952 Peace Treaty with the Nationalist government in Taiwan abandoned the right of individual Chinese to seek compensation through the courts.