The Japanese Supreme Court
dismissed on Friday an appeal by Chinese forced laborers who demanded
compensation from the Japanese government and related companies for their being
taken to work in Japan during World War II.
The top court decided to uphold the ruling by the Tokyo District Court and
the Tokyo High Court, which cited the expiration of their rights in 20 years to
The Tokyo High Court acknowledged the fact that the plaintiffs were abducted
to Japan and were forced to work.
The plaintiffs have been demanding a total of 820 million yen ( about 6.67
million U.S. dollars) in compensation from the state and 10 companies.
The ruling was the latest in a series of dismissal of lawsuits filed by
Chinese for their wartime suffering. The Japanese top court in April dismissed a
forced labor suit and a sex slavery suit filed by Chinese sufferers, citing the
ineligibility of Chinese individuals to ask for compensation from the Japanese
side as "the Chinese government gave up such right in a bilateral statement with
Japan in 1972."