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Lawyers of Chinese Forced Labor :Mitsubishi Compensation Plan “ Very Unfair”

By Liu Rong (People's Daily Online)    01:00, July 25, 2015
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Chinese lawyer of the victims of the forced laborer during WWII said the reported compensation plan by Mitsubishi Materials is "very unfair" as the amount of money is far below the requested one.

Deng Jianguo, the lawyer who involved from the beginning in the lawsuits told Global Times that they requested a total of 1.2 million yuan ($200,000)for each victim, but reported Mitsubishi deal only gave 100,000 yuan($16,100).

He emphasized that he will respect the decisions of victims though he personally thinks it is very unfair.

Deng told reporter he started the lawsuits during the 1990s and many of the victims now are too old to wait, saying that they may sign the agreement because of their hopeless situation but sign it "rather unwillingly."

On Thursday, Japanese media reported Mitsubishi Materials will apologize to forced laborers from China during WWII and compensate them economically.

According a Japanese government report, a total of 3,765 Chinese nationals were used as forced labor in 12 mining sites belonging to the Mitsubishi Materials in wartime and about720 of them died at that time.

The plan reportedly said that the company will offer all the 3,765 Chinese with a compensation of two million yen ($16,000) for each and sincere apology for its wartime wrongdoings to the victims.

The Mitsubishi Materials will also erect a memorial monument and spend about 200 million yen($1.61 million ) to investigate in relevant issues, according to Kyodo.

The report said that Mitsubishi and the group of Chinese plaintiffs reached an agreement to settle the forced labor case through the compensation and apology plan.

Previous lawsuits filed by Chinese victims were all rejected by Japanese courts. About 40,000 Chinese were forcibly taken or kidnapped to Japan during the World War II and were enslaved as forced labor and about 7,000 of them died at that time.

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