Japan courts dismissed compensation claims of 'war orphans'

On June 15, 2007, Japanese district courts dismissed the claims of Japanese plaintiffs abandoned as children in China during World War II. The courts ruled that the current government was not required to compensate the plaintiffs because it was not obligated to aid in the war orphans' reestablishment and assimilation back in Japan. Because of their relocation, most of the plaintiffs relied on government aid. On July 9, 2007, in exchange for abandoning all compensation claims, the plaintiffs accepted an aid proposal from the Japanese government. On December 5, 2007, Japanese Prime Minster Yasuo Fukuda apologized to the war orphans for the government's failure to support them.


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