The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday ruled against a group of Chongqing Bombing survivors who sued the Japanese government.
Residents of Chongqing and surrounding cities who were wounded or lost family members during the WW2 bombing of Chongqing filed a lawsuit in March 2006, asking for over 600,000 RMB in compensation and an apology from the Japanese government.
Before the ruling, around 35 members of the group rallied in Hibiya Park in downtown Tokyo, demanding a fair judgement, according to Xinhua. They held banners reading “cherish peace” and “against the war”.
The chief lawyer of the group, Lin Gang, said that their goal had not been achieved and that they planned on appealing.
It’s estimated that more than 11,500 bombs, mainly incendiary bombs, were dropped on the city and surrounding areas between 1938 to 1943 and that over 10,000 people were killed. Most of the casualties were civilians.
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