Nov. 19 (UPI) — A former Japanese journalist who has stated he obtained dying threats for his investigation of “consolation ladies” has misplaced a defamation lawsuit in Japan’s Supreme Court docket.

Takashi Uemura, who first reported on the ladies in 1991, has beforehand sued Yoshiko Sakurai, a former anchorwoman at Nippon Tv. On Thursday, Japan’s highest court docket dismissed Uemura’s case of defamation, upholding earlier court docket rulings. Sakurai will now not must difficulty a press release of apology or pay damages, Kyodo Information reported.

In 1991 Uemura wrote the primary studies on Korean consolation ladies pressured to serve in Japan’s wartime brothels. Proper-wing critics have stated Uemura’s tales are fabrications, however former consolation ladies later got here ahead about their traumatic experiences and started a motion in South Korea demanding Japanese authorities compensation.

The difficulty of consolation ladies has been a supply of tensions between South Korea and Japan. Japan’s nationalists, supportive of the ruling Liberal Democratic Celebration, have stated Uemura’s work hurts Japan’s picture.

Sakurai, the defendant within the case, has beforehand stated Uemura must be held accountable for distorting historical past. Proper-wing activists in Japan say the ladies had been prostitutes who opted to serve in brothels.

Uemura’s fits towards Sakurai and three publishers started in 2015. In 2018, a Sapporo district court docket dominated Sakurai’s editorials broken Uemura’s status however didn’t defame him. Final 12 months, Tokyo District Court docket stated Uemura was defamed by the writer of weekly journal Shukan Bunshun and a scholar, however rejected his declare of damages.

Consolation ladies activists have usually used art work, together with statues, to boost consciousness of the problem. Japanese politicians just lately known as for the elimination of a consolation girl statue in Berlin, however a civic group in Germany filed for an injunction towards a elimination order, in response to Yonhap.