A fund to compensate women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for the military during the war will be abolished in 2007, former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Monday.

Murayama is president of the Asian Women’s Fund fund, set up in 1995 — 50 years after the war ended — in line with a government decision to offer a gesture of atonement on behalf of the Japanese people to the former sex slaves, known euphemistically as “comfort women.”

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