A court in Seoul has ordered the Japanese government to compensate twelve South Koreans victimized by Japan’s system of sexual slavery during World War Two.
In Friday’s ruling, the Seoul Central District Court ordered Tokyo to pay around 92-thousand U.S. dollars per person for their mental distress and financial losses.
It acknowledged that Japan either deceived or forced the victims into what were referred to as “comfort stations” during its colonial rule over Korea.
The case was brought in 2016 after Japan ignored the court’s correspondence in a compensation claim filed three years earlier.
The verdict is the first regarding a civil lawsuit against Tokyo filed by the victims of the so-called “comfort women” system.
In response, Japan’s foreign ministry summoned the South Korean ambassador in Tokyo to lodge a complaint.

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