Friday, August 16, 2013

Japanese sue government for wartime suffering on Pacific islands | The Japan Times

A lawsuit was filed Thursday against the government by 24 residents of Okinawa seeking compensation for their World War II suffering while living on Pacific islands Japan had occupied.

The suit, filed with the Naha District Court in Okinawa, is the first to seek state compensation for suffering caused to former Japanese residents of the Japanese-occupied islands, which include Saipan, Tinian and the Philippines.

The 24 litigants, now residents of Okinawa, range in age from 67 to 101. They blame the government for failing to protect them and their deceased kin, and are each seeking ¥11 million in compensation.

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