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The government and the Asian Women’s Fund should scrap an aid project for former sex slaves, citizens’ groups supporting efforts to win redress for foreign war victims demanded Jan. 24.The Campaign to Realize Redress for WWII Victims in Asia and Pacific issued a protest statement over the government-sponsored fund’s recent pledge to pay 5 million yen each to seven former sex slaves in South Korea. The group claims the latest development has caused division and turmoil among the former sex slaves and their supporters, as well as among the victims themselves.The statement was mailed and faxed to Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda and Bunbei Hara, the fund chairman, group members said.

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