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(From China Daily)
A high court in Japan yesterday overturned an earlier ruling by a district court that favored the compensation claims of 15 forced Chinese labourers during World War II, saying a 20-year statute of limitations has expired.
In April 2002, the Fukuoka District Court ordered Mitsui Mining Co. to pay 165 million yen (US$1.45 million) in damages to 14 Chinese men and the family of another man now dead.
The Fukuoka High Court overturned the ruling yesterday and said the two defendants do not have to pay the damage award.
But the court recognized the injustices both the Japanese Government and the company inflicted on the …