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China backs lawsuit over forced labor by Japanese
China's Foreign Ministry supports plaintiffs suing 2 Japanese companies for forced WWII labor
Associated Press
2014-02-26 06:42 PM

BEIJING (AP) -- China's Foreign Ministry says it supports the Chinese plaintiffs seeking to sue two Japanese companies over forced labor during World War II.

The lawsuit comes as China-Japan tensions rise over territorial claims and their troubled history.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday the issue of wartime labor is unsolved. She said the Chinese court would handle the matter according to law.

Japanese courts have repeatedly rejected lawsuits against the companies in Japan because they say postwar agreements between the countries settled compensation issues.

Beijing lawyer Kang Jian, who is representing the 37 plaintiffs, said they filed their paperwork Wednesday with the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court, but did not yet know whether they would get a hearing.

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