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Documents show Japan complicit in WWII sex slavery: Activists

Published on Jun 2, 2014 9:54 PM
 
Eighty-four-year-old Estelita Basbano Dy of the Philippines reacts as she speaks during a meeting as part of the 12th Asian Solidarity Conference for the Issue of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, at Japan's House of Representatives office building in Tokyo on June 2, 2014. Activists said on Monday, June 2, 2014, that they had a trove of documents proving the Japanese military was complicit in the wartime system of sex slavery, despite nationalist quibbles over responsibility. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Activists said on Monday that they had a trove of documents proving the Japanese military was complicit in the wartime system of sex slavery, despite nationalist quibbles over responsibility.

The Asian Solidarity Conference said it had more than 500 papers - many of them from the government - that supported the 1993 apology issued by Tokyo, in which it said it was sorry for the coercive brothel system.

Historians say as many as 200,000 Asian women, many of them from the Korean peninsula, were forced to work in military brothels catering to Japanese troops during World War II.

Despite the apology to the so-called "comfort women" and a 1965 deal normalising ties with Seoul and intended to settle all outstanding claims for wartime wrongs, the issue continues to mar relations.

 
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