EditorialSettlement Agreement Between Mitsubishi and A Group of Chinese Slave Laborers

A breakthrough occurred on June 1, 2016 on the issue of compensation for former slavelaborers who worked for Japanese corporations during WWII. About two and a half years ago, aChinese court in Beijing accepted lawsuits filed by a larger number of former slave laborers ortheir descendants against Mitsubishi, one of the Japanese companies who were involved in theslave labor business during WWII. While these lawsuits are proceeding, Mitsubishi and some ofthe plaintiffs have been discussing possible out-of-court settlement. On June 1, 2016, it wasannounced that three plaintiffs have agreed to sign a settlement agreement with Mitsubishi.Since then, several more plaintiffs have also signed, and many others are considering it, whilesome others have decided to continue with the lawsuit. For more information on this issue,including the text of the Settlement Agreement, see: http://www.10000cfj.org/en/?page_id=5483.

This is a very complex issue involving many people, including former slave laborers, theirdescendants, their supporters and legal advisors. So there is bound to be a variety of positionstoward this issue. We respect those who chose this June 1, 2016 settlement. We respect thosewho may seek another settlement, and we respect those who want to continue with the lawsuit.We are all working toward the ultimate goal of getting the Japanese government toacknowledge, apologize, and compensate the victims or their beneficiaries for the large scaleand inhumane atrocities her military committed against the Chinese people during the SecondSino-Japanese War.

* Quote from George Santayana, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Albert Einstein

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