Japan’s Kanagawa holds memorial ceremony for WWII slave labors

A public memorial ceremony was held on Sunday in Kanagawa to mourn the Chinese and Japanese slave laborers died of building Sagamiko reservoir in WWII.

Kanagawa authorities, representatives of overseas Chinese and Koreans attended the ceremony.

Delivering a speech, Chinese ambassador Wang Wan said Japan’s aggressive war has brought a huge tragedy not only to Chinese and Asians, but also the Japanese.

Around 40,000 Chinese were forced to work in Japan during the war, including prisoners of war. Of these slaves, nearly 7,000 died.

The Sagamiko reservoir is the first multifunctional artificial water facility in Japan, which is a key drinking water reservoir, power plant and entertainment resort in Kanagawa.

The memorial ceremony is held in late July every year since 1979.

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