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Japan commemorates WWII forced laborers
Latest Updated by 2005-08-01 11:15:20
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A commemorative ceremony was held Sunday at a reservoir near Tokyo to remember the forced World War II Chinese and Korean laborers who died from hard conditions when working on the construction site.

Local residents show their respect for the late laborers. (Xinhua Photo)

A commemorative ceremony was held Sunday at a reservoir near Tokyo to remember the forced World War II Chinese and Korean laborers who died from hard conditions when working on the construction site.

The annual ceremony was observed by about 300 participants consisting of official and civilian representatives from Japan, China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and South Korea.

A commemorative ceremony was held Sunday at a reservoir near Tokyo to remember the forced World War II Chinese and Korean laborers who died from hard conditions when working on the construction site.

Local residents read poems to remember the late laborers. (Xinhua Photo)

At the beginning of the event, Japanese middle school students lit up three candles which marked the Chinese, Korean and Japanese nations.

Representatives addressing the ceremony noted that only by drawing lessons from history can Japan prevent the tragedy from recurring.

The Sagami reservoir in the Kanagawa Prefecture was Japan's first multipurpose artificial lake. More than 3.6 million laborers worked on the project from 1940 to 1947, including some 300 Chinese prisoners of war. Harsh working conditions and tortures killed 83 people.

Editor: Yan

By: Source: China View website
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