Court hearings began Monday on a class-action suit against the government brought by Chinese nationals demanding an official apology and 1.08 billion yen in damages for germ warfare Japan waged during the Pacific War.

The 108 plaintiffs include victims and relatives of victims of Japanese biological attacks on six areas of China, including Chongshan, Zhejiang Province, and Changde, Hunan Province. They are seeking 10 million yen each in damages for their suffering.

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