Japan Not Attend Ex-Comfort Women Suit Hearing
Seoul, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japanese government representatives did not show up at the first hearing Wednesday in a damages lawsuit filed with Seoul Central District Court by former comfort women in South Korea.
The plaintiffs, who were forced to provide sex chiefly to Japanese soldiers during World War II, launched the lawsuit in 2016 requesting the Japanese government to pay 3 billion won in compensation.
But Tokyo finds it unadvisable to take part in the trial because South Korea, and any other foreign country, has no jurisdiction over Japan, a sovereign nation, under international law.
The plaintiffs, for their part, claim that the Japanese government's illicit activities took place in places now part of South Korea. The Korean Peninsula was then under Japanese colonial rule.
At the first hearing, the plaintiff side said the suit was filed to judicially confirm the Imperial Japanese Army's inhumane acts, while stressing that it is hard to accept the 2015 agreement between the Japanese and South Korean governments to resolve the comfort women issue.
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