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World War II veterans who were prisoners of war in Japan are suing several Japanese companies for their labor and suffering as slave workers. Former POWs say were starved and beaten, and many of their comrades were worked to death in Japanese mines and factories. The U.S. State Department says the U.S. treaty with Japan bars the lawsuit, but the POWs’ lawyers disagree. Two former POWs and an attorney on the case talk about the experiences of American servicemen as prisoners of war in Japan.
- Ron Kleinman attorney
- Frank Bigelow former prisoner of war in Japan
- Lester Tenney former prisoner of war in Japan
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