A South Korean court on Wednesday dismissed a damages lawsuit brought by a group of former “comfort women” against the Japanese government over their treatment in Japanese military brothels during World War II.

The Seoul Central District Court decision follows a ruling on Jan. 8 by the same court that ordered Japan to compensate 12 women.

Another ruling in favor of former comfort women would have dealt a further blow to Japan-South Korea ties, which have already sunk to the lowest level in decades.

South Korea court dismisses 'comfort women' lawsuit | REUTERS
South Korea court dismisses ‘comfort women’ lawsuit | REUTERS

In a recent survey, a record 40.4% of Japanese respondents said they do not believe that their country’s relationship with South Korea is important.

The planned release of over a million tons of tritium-laced water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the Pacific has added to tensions. Seoul opposes the discharge and says it is considering bringing the matter to international court.

However, a South Korean government report released last year found that the release of radioactive tritium into the sea would have almost no effect on the country’s waters.