South Korea court dismisses ‘comfort women’ case against Japan

A SOUTH Korean court today dismissed a case brought by a handful of World War II sex slaves and their families against the Japanese government, saying Tokyo enjoyed “sovereign immunity” over the issue, reports said.

The ruling comes after the same court in January ordered Tokyo to compensate a dozen women forced to serve Japanese troops – euphemistically labelled “comfort women” – marking the first civilian legal victory against Tokyo in South Korea.