Japan court upholds compensation denial for Korean WWII slave laborers Michael Sung at 8:48 AM ET
[JURIST] Japan's Nagoya High Court [official backgrounder] Thursday upheld a district court's denial of compensation to a group of seven South Korean women who were former slave laborers at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s aircraft factories during World War II, finding that neither the Japanese government or Mitsubishi were obligated to provide compensation, apology, or unpaid wages because the 1965 Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea [text] renounced South Korean claims to war reparations from Japan. In December 2005, the Tokyo High Court invoked the same 1965 treaty [JURIST report] to deny compensation for unpaid wages by a group of South Koreans forced to work at a Japanese steel mill during World War II. AP has more.
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