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Mitsubishi Materials, Chinese WWII slave workers reach deal

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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All 3 of those guys left should get the full amount of 100,000 yuan and a full apology with bows as soon as possible.

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All's fair in love and war

-19 ( +2 / -21 )

We need more bows - apparently in Japan bows will alleviate anything.

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and that China waived its right to pursue compensation under the 1972 treaty with Japan that established diplomatic relations between Beijing and Tokyo.

I still find it fascinating that China didn't ask for compensations back then. It's a good thing I think, politically or otherwise.

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Representatives of other ex-laborers, however, said they weren’t convinced Mitsubishi Materials’ apology was sincere

How do they know they were not sincere? Is this a case of 'damned if you do,damned if you don't ' ? Are they accepting the money but not the apology? Are they going to ask for an annual 90 degree apology?

China waived its right to pursue compensation under the 1972 treaty with Japan that established diplomatic relations between Beijing and Tokyo

If everything was settled, why is Beijing encouraging(read:pushing) those small groups to ask for more compensation? Aren't they victimizing again those victims?

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

How long is this "apologizing" going to continue? War is War!, no one should be required to apologize!

-20 ( +3 / -23 )

Too bad it took so long...

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How do they know they were not sincere? Is this a case of 'damned if you do,damned if you don't ' ?

It might be better if the Japanese government would say, "In war, stuff [substitute another S word if you wish] happens. Get over it." Then people could only complain about the lack of contrition.

As soon as you actually do something, people start complaining. It was too little Abe had his fingers crossed when he apologized. Abe wore a blue suit when he should have worn black. They didn't consult with anyone. They consulted with the wrong people. On and on it goes.

Meanwhile, I don't see the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party making any moves to apologize for Mao or to pay any compensation to the survivors of the Great Cultural Revolution or the Great Leap Forward.

-15 ( +5 / -20 )

Clearly an Obama effect!

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Japan’s Foreign Ministry acknowledged the country’s wartime use of Chinese forced laborers after wartime documents were found in the early 1990s.

Took its time.

I'm glad to see some progress. If Botchan had half the decency of these companies, neighbouring countries might be able to get along much better.

bullfighter:

What has Mao got to do with what the Japanese did? That is another story. If a woman is molested by two different men on separate occasions and the police catch one of them, are you saying the police shouldn't jail him unless they catch the other?

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Seems like a good thing by Mitsubishi, late for sure but better late than never they seem to be trying to do the right thing, something almost never seen from Japan, so I think it should do some good.

Now hopefully no one from Mitsubishi screws it up.

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Similar to the Nazi's “Ausländereinsatz” so it is quite normal to face compensation, too bad it took that long thought.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

no matter how many apology Japan made, it will never ended. what do they expected from war? still be treated like human being?

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

MacArthur abolished Mitsubishi, Mitsui, and the other zaibatsu companies after the surrender. Too bad he couldn't keep them abolished.

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what do they expected from war?

War is not about a private company bringing civilian as slave workers to death, read the Geneva convention again.

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Japan has a lot to be sorry for and a lot of compensation to be responsible for. And, sadly, most of Asia has very good reasons to hate Japan and to seek such compensation.

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As I lived as a non-Japanese expat in China for 10 years , both Japanese and Chinese enjoy enslaving others . Now , in Japan , the situation continues somehow , enslaving other nations is factories and labs in Japan . Japan apology should have some limits , bowing too much will let the pants fall down .

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Some justice at last. I hope it is just the beginning.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Maybe the Japanese will finally realize that it is actually easier on themselves to make one serious, unconditional apology and truly move on, rather than have the ghost from the past haunt them indefinitely.

Not rocket science, really; the Germans figured that out long ago.

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China needs to whine less about the past and try to move more honorably into the future. Enough already.

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