Top court upholds damages suit over racism against Koreans

Japan's Supreme Court has finalized a ruling that ordered a real estate company to pay damages to a South Korean resident of Japan who said she suffered mental distress from its practice of racial discrimination.

The plaintiff, who works for the company, called Fuji corporation limited, filed a lawsuit seeking financial compensation against it and its chairman in 2015. The company is headquartered in Kishiwada City, Osaka Prefecture in western Japan.

She said the company repeatedly distributed daily reports signed by the chairman that said South Koreans are typically prone to tell lies.

The company has argued that the comments in the reports were about international affairs and did not constitute discrimination.

Presiding Justice Yamaguchi Atsushi by Friday had dismissed the defendants' appeal of the Osaka High Court's ruling.

The high court ruling, handed down last November, upheld a lower court ruling that found the company's practice illegal. The high court noted that the company distributed volumes of documents that contained derogatory words attacking ethnic South Koreans and people supportive of them. It added that such an act could arouse discriminatory views in the workplace.

The ruling increased the sum of damages to 1.32 million yen, or about 9,250 dollars. It also banned the distribution of documents carrying discriminatory words.