8.5 million yen given to sex slave fund

The Foreign Ministry on Thursday assigned 8.47 million yen it raised to a foundation charged with compensating Asian women forced into wartime sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army, ministry officials said.

Foreign Minister Yohei Kono presented the funds to former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, who heads the Asian Women’s Fund, in a meeting at the ministry, the officials said.

The ministry began soliciting donations in September from staff in Japan and overseas, special and public corporations under its control and former ministry personnel, they said.

The AWF was placed under the sole jurisdiction of the Foreign Ministry in the Jan. 6 reorganization of government ministries and agencies, the officials said. Until then, the ministry and the now-defunct Prime Minister’s Office shared the role.