Japan's foreign ministry has rejected the validity of a lawsuit filed in South Korea demanding compensation for Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women and girls before and during World War Two.
Japan's Kyodo News reported Tuesday that Japan informed South Korea through a diplomatic channel that it does not accept South Korea's jurisdiction in the matter and that the case should be dismissed.
A total of 20 South Korean victims and their families filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government in 2016, demanding a legal compensation for their emotional and physical pain.
Hearings have yet to begin.
Japan argues that it had already reached a final agreement on the matter with South Korea's previous government in 2015.