September 6, 2010 / 3:52 PM / 7 years ago

China war workers to sue Mitsubishi Materials-agency

BEIJING, Sept 6 (Reuters) - About 100 elderly Chinese who say they were forced to work in Japanese mines during World War Two plan to sue the Mitsubishi Materials Corp next week, the Xinhua news agency said Monday, citing their lawyer.

The workers, all from the coastal province of Shandong, will file the lawsuit against Mitsubishi Materials and its subsidiaries in a local court, before Sept 18, when Chinese commemorate the Japanese invasion of China.

Chinese resentment over the Japanese occupation still runs deep, and has been gaining strength, especially among younger generations, in recent years.

The workers, all over 80, will demand an apology and compensation of 100,000 yuan ($14,700) each from Mitsubishi Materials, Fu Qiang, head of the Shandong Pengfei Law Office, told Xinhua.

Labourers from Shandong made up about a quarter of the 40,000 Chinese sent to work in Japan during the war, Xinhua said. Of those, about 7,000 died.

Elderly Chinese and Korean women forced to work as “comfort women” for Japanese troops have had little success in pressing their case for compensation.

($1=6.801 Yuan)

Reporting by Lucy Hornby; Editing by Michael Roddy

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