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Japan Court Rules Against Sex Slaves ------ from New York Times |
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/2 ... d=2&_r=1&hp
The decisions were handed down as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried to head off a resolution on Japan’s wartime sex slavery in the House of Representatives during a two-day visit to Washington
To----aka Onodera, the lead lawyer for the Chinese plaintiffs, said that despite the rulings against them, the Supreme Court had now established the historical record, including the military’s direct coercion of women into sex slavery.
“No one can deny that, because of the particulars of the Shanxi cases,” Mr. Onodera said. “This ruling is a powerful one, like a sharp knife pointed at Abe.”
Experts often compare Japan in its treatment of its wartime forced laborers with Germany, which has taken reparations out of the court system and has been compensating aging victims while they are still alive.
According to Japanese government data, about 38,935 Chinese men were forcibly brought to Japan, most of them after March 1944. They were made to work in 135 sites for 35 companies, 22 of which are still in business.
Of the total, 6,830 men, or nearly 18 percent, died in a little more than a year because of brutal working conditions. Countless others died after their capture in China or during their transit to Japan.
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