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Japan-South Korea rift

Court pushes South Korea to find diplomatic fix to Japan issues

Rulings favoring Tokyo on wartime labor, comfort women break precedent

Lim Cheol-ho, a plaintiff, speaks to reporters at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on Monday after the court dismissed a damages suit launched by 85 South Koreans and their families against 16 Japanese companies they were forced to work for.   © EPA/Jiji

SEOUL -- As he handed down a ruling denying compensation to South Koreans forced to work for Japanese companies during World War II, Judge Kim Yang-ho said that South Korea's international reputation was also at stake in the case.

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