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May-17-96

Women Forced Into Prostitution in Japan Protest Private Fund

On Thursday, a group of 89 Filipino women who were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II rejected all compensation from the privately funded "Asian Women's Fund." About 50 of the women, dressed in black, demonstrated Thursday (5-16) outside the Japanese Embassy to protest the Japanese government's refusal to directly compensate the women and to take responsibility for wartime atrocities against 200,000 women.

Earlier this week a prominent member of the Asian Women's Fund, Mutsuko Miki, resigned because of Japan's refusal to directly compensate and apologize to the women

Media Resources: USA Today - May 16, 1996