The 1965 treaty, which was accompanied by more than $800 million in economic aid and loans from Tokyo to Seoul, came as the South worked to rebuild an economy devastated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
The case, the longest pending petition at the court until its dismissal, was filed by Lee Yun-jae, 71, on November 11, 2009.
Seoul’s Constitutional Court said Wednesday that it won’t review the constitutionality of disputed parts of the treaty because the accord was never meant to serve as a standard for providing individual compensation.
Japan is also demanding that South Korea remove a statue of a girl symbolizing the comfort women erected in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.
The highest court’s ruling prompted South Korean lower courts to order some Japanese companies to compensate their former employees. “I don’t see this as an unreasonable judgment by the Constitutional Court”, said Kim Chang-rok, a law professor at Kyungpook National University. “For people who have been waiting for 70 years, these feelings can not be expressed in a few words”, said Lee Guk-eon, permanent president of a civic group supporting members of the Korean Women’s Volunteer Labor Corps.
South Korea’s Constitutional Court said Wednesday the court is not in a position to deliver a ruling on the constitutionality of the 1965 Korea-Japan agreement that Japan claims settled all issues of individual compensation to victims of forced labor during Japan’s colonial rule of Korea.
The report of Kishida’s visit comes after South Korean court last week cleared a Japanese journalist of defaming Park in a case that had threatened to inflame relations between the uneasy neighbours. Abe & Park held the 1st bilateral summit between the 2 countries in additional than three years of time of time last month, agreeing to speed up negotiations on the comfort women & seek a decision as shortly as potential.
Critics say Japan didn’t admit to involvement in the military-run brothels until after the 1965 treaty. Consequently, the two countries are expected to look for ways to improve relations, with a particular focus on resolving the issue of the comfort women, who were forced to provide sexual service for the Imperial Japanese Army, which is the biggest diplomatic issue remaining today.
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