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Chinese sue Japanese companies, govt over forced war labour

Published on Mar 6, 2014 7:23 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Lawyers representing former Chinese labourers forced to work in Japanese factories during World War II filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Japanese government and two companies, one of them said.

Attorney Pan Guoping told AFP that the legal action was submitted to the Tangshan People's Court in Hebei province and seeks 1.8 million yuan (S$372,000) in total compensation, with apologies to be made in main Chinese and Japanese media.

Among the plaintiffs are three former labourers, as well as family members of nine deceased others, said Mr Pan, who named the companies only broadly as "Mitsubishi and Mitsui".

Japan's Jiji Press in a report on Thursday identified them as Mitsubishi Materials and Nippon Coke & Engineering, formerly known as Mitsui Mining.

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