Court rejects Japanese 'war orphan' suit

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TOKYO -- A court rejected a compensation suit filed against the Japanese government by 40 Japanese who were abandoned in China as children after Tokyo's defeat in World War II, officials said Tuesday.

Many were children of Japanese farmers sent to China's remote northwest to develop land seized by Tokyo. They were left behind by their fleeing parents as Soviet troops closed in at the end of the war in 1945, returning only a decade ago.

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