Japan's Supreme Court has rejected a demand that Japan apologize to and compensate former Korean forced laborers who survived an explosion aboard a Japanese ship at the end of World War II.

The ship, carrying 4,000 Korean laborers and their families, was enroute to what is now South Korea when it exploded and sank off the coast of western Japan in August 1945. More than 500 people died.

The Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that said the Japanese government did not neglect its responsibility when the incident occurred and does not need to apologize.

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