ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperWorld / US and CanadaAsia PacificUS & CanadaLatin AmericaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastReporters JournalS.Koreas comfort women victims to sue Abe in US for damages claims(Xinhua) Updated:2015-06-23 16:12Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallSEOUL– South Korean victims of Japans wartime comfort women will sue Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a US federal court as the Abe cabinet has ignored calls for apology and compensation.The victims, now in their 80s and 90s, held a press conference Tuesday at the House of Sharing, a shelter housing for the comfort women victims, according to local media reports. The shelter is located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province.Ten South Korean women, forced into comfort women for Japans Imperial Army, and two bereaved families plan to file a damages claim lawsuit in July against Abe, the Japanese emperor, and Japans war criminal enterprises, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,as well as Sankei Shimbun that belittled the victims as prostitute.The lawsuit will be filed with the US District Court in San Francisco, claiming $20 million in damages.Kim Hyung-jin, an attorney who will represent the victims in the US court, was quoted by Yonhap News Agency as saying that the $20-million damages would not matter as Japans sincere apology should be a priority.Preparations necessary for the class action had already been completed two months earlier, but they were waiting for a sincere response from the Japanese government, Kim said.The suit could be dropped if the Abe cabinet sincerely apologizes and actively seeks a way of resolving the issue, but given the old 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