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Chinese wartime forced labourers sue Japanese firms

Published on Feb 26, 2014 1:28 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A Beijing court accepted a lawsuit on Wednesday demanding compensation for Chinese citizens made by the Japanese to work as forced labourers during World War II, state media reported.

The 37 people who have lodged the suit include lawyers and academics as well as forced labourers and their families, according to Chinese media reports.

Chinese state television said the lawsuit seeks printed apologies carried in Chinese and Japanese newspapers as well as compensation from Mitsubishi Materials and another unidentified company.

"As there is no way to get justice in Japan, the Chinese victims of forced labour and their families are determined to sue in China the Japanese companies which did them harm," Zhang Shan, a member of the class action suit, told the official China News Service.

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