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Wang Min, one of 11 Chinese seeking redress from Kajima Corp. for forced labor during the war, died of heart failure Saturday at a hospital in Hebei Province, northern China. He was 81.

Wang headed a group of former laborers at the Hanaoka mine operated by Kajima’s predecessor in the Tohoku region. He and 10 other survivors of an uprising and family members of the victims were the first Chinese to seek compensation for Japan’s wartime atrocities through the Japanese courts.

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