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Japan Expresses Concern Over Chinese Ship Seizure

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April 21, 2014

BAOSTEEL EMOTION One of the world's largest iron ore carriers, the Brasil Maru. (Photo: http://www.mol.co.jp/en)

BAOSTEEL EMOTION One of the world's largest iron ore carriers, the Brasil Maru. (Photo: http://www.mol.co.jp/en)

The Japanese government has expressed its concerns to China via diplomatic channels over the seizure of a Mitsui O.S.K. Line Ltd ship by a Chinese court in connection with a case over wartime claims, Kyodo news agency reported on Monday.

A Chinese maritime court in Shanghai seized the ship on Saturday, saying the company had failed to pay compensation stemming from a wartime contractual obligation.

Japan's top government spokesman said the ship seizure, apparently the first time the assets of a Japanese company have been seized in a lawsuit concerning compensation for World War Two, was "extremely regrettable".

Reporting by Kaori Kaneko

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