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Cabinet ministers will contribute 100,000 yen each to a semipublic fund set up to pay compensation to wartime “comfort women” from other parts of Asia, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda said Thursday.

Fukuda said he requested the “voluntary based” donation during a Cabinet meeting earlier in the day, to help the Asian Women’s Fund raise necessary funds to cope with the increasing number of applicants, Fukuda said.

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