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Four-Generation Long Chinese Civil Lawsuit Against Japan Receives Compensation

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Follow us on TWITTER: http://twitter.com/cnforbiddennews Like us on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/chinaforbiddennews Shanghai Maritime Court has ordered the seizure of a 280,000-ton cargo ship. The ship, Baosteel Emotion, is owned by Mitsui OSK Lines, and is currently in Majishan port, Zhejiang. This court ruling came after four generations of effort during the past 77 years. It marks the first civil claim of compensation against Japan since World War II. After so many years of suppressing civil claims, why did the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) change its attitude towards Japanese aggression during the war? Let's see our report. In 1936, the Mitsui OSK predecessor Daido Kaiun chartered two vessels from Chung Wei Steamship Co. The lease was for one year, and was under insurance. However, the following year, war erupted, and both ships were appropriated by the Japanese government. In 1947, when the war ended, the ships owner Chen Shuntong demanded their return. He subsequently learned that both ships had been lost at sea during the war. Prior to his death, Chen told his son to retrieve the loss of the ships from Japan. Chen's son, Chen Qiaqun continued the lawsuit when he moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 1958. Daido Kaiun responded that the Japanese government ought to be responsible for the loss. In 1974, Tokyo court declared Chen lost the case because the statute of limitations had expired. Chen Qiaqun spent US$ 600,000 on the lawsuit before he passed away in 1992. He was unable to complete his late father's wishes. The third generation of the Chen family, Chen Zhen and Chen Chun once again filed the lawsuit in Shanghai Maritime Court in 1988. They involved a world record 56 lawyers from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States. Daido Kaiun later became Mitsui OSK Lines. In 2007, the court ruled had Mitsui lost the case. The defendant appealed and repealed. The appeal was dismissed, but there was no enforcement of the verdict. On April 19, the Shanghai Maritime Court finally ordered the seizure of the cargo ship. The Chen's family lawsuit of four generations and 77 years finally recieved compensation. The fourth generation of the Chen family, plaintiff Chen Zhongwei, spoke to the media on April 20. They had just buried his father that day, and he believes his father is very happy. The Chen's case was the first to have won against Japan over losses incurred during World War II. It is also the first case the CCP has ever granted support for against Japan's aggression during WWII. For many years, lawsuits have been brought against Japan for it's actions during wartime This includes forced labor and sexual slavery cases, but these cases have been constantly suppressed by Beijing. Zhuang Daohe, attorney: "This is to pressure Japan, and was instructed by the central regime. Under international pressure in politics and the economy, it serves to divert the focus and create some excitement. Now, the national spirit is stimulated to target Japan." As the aggressive party, Germany was left with debts of US$ 33 billion after WWI, according to Treaty of Versailles. Up to 2009, Germany still has EUR 56 million in debts. After the Japanese invasion of China, the CCP claimed no compensation from Japan. Its first leader Mao Zedong even openly expressed gratitude to Japan's invasion of China in a 1970s meeting with then Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. Zhong Weiguang, expert in totalitarianism: "Mao Zedong was indeed wholehearted about his gratitude toward Japan. In the Sino-Japanese War, his main focus was the expansion of the Communist Party forces. Even today, the CCP is still blocking this fact, and would not allow the Chinese people to learn this fact." Yu Yongqing, from Yunnan Province, remembers witnessing Japanese planes flying over into China. 81-year-old Yu believes that Japan should compensate China and other countries in Asia. Yu Yongqing also witnessed a large number of Chinese compatriots fleeing t...