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Chinese Residents Lodge US$59-Million Suit Against Japan For War Reparations

BEIJING, July 14 (Bernama) -- Residents in China's northern Hebei province plan to lodge a six billion yuan (US$59.16 million) suit against the Japanese government for reparations for the Sino-Japanese war, Japan's Jiji Press news agency reports.

Tong Zeng, chairman of a Chinese Association in charge of the case, said some 1,200 residents are preparing to lodge the suit over the former Japanese military's murder of villagers in the province in 1941.

About 30 of the residents including bereaved family members of those killed plan to join a group of plaintiffs as representatives in the initial stage.

The suit will be filed with a court in Hebei province but the date is yet to be determined.

In March, a court in Beijing accepted a suit filed against two Japanese companies for forced wartime labour.

Moves to lodge similar suits are spreading in the country.

-- BERNAMA




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