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The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday dismissed a damages suit filed by eight Chinese women against the Japanese government for forcing them to provide sex to Imperial soldiers during the war and not taking measures to restore their honor.

The plaintiffs, two of whom had died, after which their suit was taken up by relatives, were in their teens when the Imperial Japanese Army occupied China’s Hainan Island and forced them to work as sex slaves, euphemistically called “comfort women” in Japan.

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