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Japan Cautious about Taking Seoul to ICJ over Comfort Women

Japan Cautious about Taking Seoul to ICJ over Comfort Women

   Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is cautious about filing a suit with the International Court of Justice against South Korea over a recent ruling related to former wartime comfort women.
   The government is waiting to see what move Seoul will make after Friday's ruling by Seoul Central District Court ordering Tokyo to pay damages to the former comfort women for the treatment they received in wartime.
   "In view of the principle of sovereign immunity guaranteed by international law, the Japanese government must not be put under the jurisdiction of another country's court," Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a press conference Tuesday, stressing that South Korean should withdraw the order.
   In Friday's ruling, the Seoul court judged that the principle does not apply to the crime against humanity committed in the Korean Peninsula under Japanese rule.
   Over wartime acts, the Italian Supreme Court allowed Italians to seek damages from Germany, judging that sovereign immunity did not apply to their case. Germany later won a suit filed with the ICJ against the ruling.

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