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A survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March has sued Mitsui & Co., sayingthat he was beaten by its employees and forced to work as a slave after beingcaptured during World War II. The suit, brought on Aug. 11 by Lester Tenney,79, is the first to be filed under a new California law that allows victims ofslave labor to sue multinational corporations in state courts. The lawsuit seeksunspecified damages. Defendants include Mitsui and several subsidiaries of theTokyo-based company. Mitsui, one of Japan’s largest international tradingcompanies, is involved in a wide range of businesses, including mining, insurance,shipping and commodities trading.

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