Mitsubishi Materials to set up compensation fund to settle WWII forced labour lawsuits by Chinese wartime workers

Author: The Mainichi (Japan), Published on: 5 November 2018

"Fund nears setting up under Mitsubishi Materials' forced labor deal", 4 Nov 2018

Mitsubishi Materials Corp. is in the final stages of setting up a fund that will be used to pay out compensation to thousands of forced Chinese laborers it used during World War II...The fund represents the final hurdle in a settlement that the Japanese company reached with the main groups of Chinese claimants in June 2016.  Under the agreement, Mitsubishi Materials will pay 100,000 yuan (about $15,000) to each of the victims and their families...[T]he fund will manage the money paid from the company to the victims, who number 3,765...The company is aiming to have the fund up and running by the end of the current year...The fund, to be called the "historical human rights peace fund," will be jointly launched by Japan and China...Given the number of victims, the total settlement will reach into the tens of millions of dollars.

The Chinese victims were forced to work at coal mines operated by Mitsubishi Mining Corp., as Mitsubishi Materials was known at the time.  The victims are among some 39,000 Chinese brought to Japan against their will between 1943 and 1945..Chinese survivors of forced labor and their families filed a series of compensation lawsuits against the Japanese government and companies...However, the bereaved families of some victims have indicated they plan to continue litigation against Mitsubishi Materials...

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Related companies: Mitsubishi Materials (part of Mitsubishi Group)