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The Tokyo High Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by six Chinese women and the families of four deceased women who were seeking damages from the government for being repeatedly raped by Japanese soldiers in China before and during World War II.

As in the lower court ruling, the high court acknowledged that the women, who were in their teens and 20s at the time, were raped by many Japanese soldiers. It expressed hope that the government would act to resolve the issue, saying the state is “fully capable of reaching a legislative or administrative settlement.”

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