Korea wasn't the only nation victimized by the Japanese military during World War Two.
Over 39-thousand Chinese nationals were forced to work in Japanese companies during the war, and over 6-thousand died in the process.
On Wednesday, the victims that survived and the families of those that didn't, 37 people in all, filed a class action lawsuit against 17 of the Japanese corporations.
It represents the first case in a Chinese court over the matter, and the plantiffs are demanding an apology from the Japanese firms, and about 160-thousand U.S. dollars per person in compensation.
In a separate development, a Chinese professor close to government sources in Beijing says China is open to looking into using the Korean name of "East Sea" for the body of water between Korea and Japan.