Japan high court rejects WWII Chinese slave labor compensation suit Michael Sung at 9:04 AM ET
[JURIST] The Japanese Supreme Court [official website] has rejected the appeals of Chinese nationals seeking compensation for being forced to work in Japan as slave laborers [JURIST news archive] during World War II, ruling that Japan's 20-year statute of limitations barred their claims. The 42 original plaintiffs, only half of whom are still alive, filed suit in 1997 seeking compensation from the Japanese government and 10 contractors and mining companies that used their labor. The high court's Friday ruling was the second last week where the court rejected former laborers' compensation claims on statute of limitations grounds. In an earlier ruling last week, the court also said that the current Japanese government was not responsible for the wrongdoing of former leaders operating under Japan's constitution at the time. Japan has since adopted a pacifist constitution [text].
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