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Japanese court dismisses lawsuit against the govt. & 10 companies for allegedly using Chinese slave workers during World War II

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Author: Xinhua

El abogado japones que representa a las vi­ctimas chinas de los campos de trabajo forzado durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial dijo que la decision del Tribunal Superior de Tokio de rechazar su demanda judicial es "vergonzosa"...[sin embargo] el tribunal reconocio claramente el papel del gobierno japones y de nueve compañi­as [incluyendo a Hazama Corp., Furukawa Co., Tekken Corp.] en obligar a prisioneros chinos a trabajar en condiciones espantosas que causaron la muerte a muchos de ellos. El Tribunal...rechazo...el pago de indemnizacion a un grupo de demandantes chinos porque el estatuto de limitaciones de 20 años ha expirado...Los demandantes y sus abogados dijeron que presentaran una apelacion ante el Tribunal Supremo de Japon.

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16 June 2006

Japanese court throws out forced labour case

Author: Ireland On-Line

Tokyo’s High Court today threw out a lawsuit by a group of Chinese who sought compensation from the Japanese government and 10 companies for allegedly using them as slave labourers during World War II...The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 42 elderly Chinese, only about half of whom are still alive...Tokyo has generally refused to pay damages to individuals, saying the issue was settled on a government-to-government basis in post-war treaties.

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