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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao's Comment on the Tokyo High Court's Rejection of Four Former Chinese "Comfort Women"'s Appeal for Damages
2004/12/17

Q: The Tokyo High Court rejected an appeal for damages from four former Chinese "comfort women" on December 15th, claiming the Japanese Government has no responsibility to pay compensation. What comments does the Chinese government have on this issue?

A: We have taken note of relevant reports. The forced conscription of "comfort women" is one of the severe crimes committed by Japanese militarist forces during World War II against the people of Asian victimized countries, including China. The Chinese side has always been demanding the Japanese side to take a responsible attitude towards history, seriously treat and properly handle the problems left over from history, including the issue of "comfort women".

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