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Planned war reparations suit in China to seek ¥98 billion from Tokyo

JIJI

Residents in Hebei province are preparing to lodge a suit against the Japanese government for 6 billion yuan (roughly ¥98 billion) in reparations for the war Japan waged with China in the first half of the 20th century, a Chinese activist said.

Some 1,200 residents in the province in northern China are backing the suit over the former Japanese military’s slaughter of residents in a village there in 1941, Tong Zeng, chairman of the Chinese Association for Claiming Compensation from Japan, said Monday.

About 30 of the residents, including relatives of people how were killed, plan to join a group of plaintiffs as representatives at first, Tong said.

The suit will be filed with a court in the province, but the timing has yet to be determined, he said.

A Beijing court accepted a suit in March brought by Chinese against two Japanese companies over wartime forced labor in Japan. Moves to lodge similar suits are spreading in the country. Tong said he supports such suits.