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Red Cross denies misusing funds for wartime laborers

(China Daily)

09:16, October 21, 2011

BEIJING - The Red Cross Society of China on Thursday denied accusations that it had misused a fund established to compensate Chinese laborers who were forced to work in Japan during World War II.

"The China Red Cross has not taken a penny from the fund or asked for fees to cover our administrative cost," said Zhang Hu, an official in the department in charge of the fund.

The fund was established with 500 million Japanese yen ($6.5 million) meant to give assistance to 986 Chinese laborers forced to work in Japan or to their families.

Since 2000, the organization has used the fund to dole out compensation to 520 such people, its website reported on Thursday.

The statement dismissed claims that the China Red Cross has withheld half of the money and said the fund has been managed in accordance with the country's regulations and that its account records have been audited by the National Audit Office.

The China Red Cross has not made records about the use of the fund public.

"As required by the fund's management committee, the fund containing 500 million yen was divided into two parts," Zhang said. "One of those was to be used as one-off payments, as living subsidies for survivors or to pay for their children's educations."

He said the other 250 million yen has been allocated to arrange visits to honor Chinese laborers who are buried in Japan, to build memorials to the victims of the forced labor and to do other things to "help both the Chinese and Japanese peoples remember and draw lessons from history".

In 1995, 11 Chinese people filed a lawsuit against Kajima, a Japanese company, because its wartime predecessor, Kajima-gumi, had operated the Hanaoka Labor Camp in Akita prefecture and pressed 986 Chinese into hard labor.

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ari at 2011-10-21175.137.234.*
"Deng Guosheng, director of the NGO Research Center at Tsinghua University, argued that the China Red Cross is not obliged to publish information about the fund because the money that went into it came from a Japanese company "rather than from the public". What kind of inane warped reasoning is this? This guy ought to be sacked.
elee at 2011-10-21183.39.42.*
How could and why should kajima feel sorry for Chinese forced labourers when local guys like "Deng Guosheng, director of the NGO Research Center at Tsinghua University, argued that the China Red Cross is not obliged to publish information about the fund because the money that went into it came from a Japanese company "rather than from the public"? Does it also mean that public funds are not disclosable, even if corruption and monetary losses were used for other purposes other than the actual approved interests? This Deng should understand that the public and Chinese governments have been spending time and public money to fight the Japanese denials of wrongdoings for ages. Isn"t Tsinghua University the best university of China with top notched guys in it to know China better than the rest?
  

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