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Tianjin remembers Chinese laborers martyred in Japan


16:09, August 19, 2011

On Aug. 18, people mourn in front of a wall listing the martyred laborers who died in Japan during the Japanese invasion of China. (Xinhua/Ma Ping)

Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

In order to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the foundation of the Martyred Chinese Laborers Memorial Museum, more than 240 people, including slave labor survivors, family of martyred laborers, overseas Chinese in Japan, friendly Japanese people from all walks of life and Chinese representatives gathered on Aug. 18 in the memorial museum to mourn for more than 6,000 laborers that died in Japan, including those in the Hanaoka incident.

Toward the end of World War II, in order to make up for the loss of domestic laborers, the Japanese government brought 40,000 Chinese people to Japan to do hard labor, and more than 6,000 people died there.

On June 30, 1945 in Hanaoka, an uprising of Chinese laborers was suppressed, and 130 laborers died in the incident. In 2006, a memorial museum in honor of the martyred Chinese laborers who died in Japan was constructed in Tianjin City, and the remains of 2,300 laborers are interred there.

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