The Asian Women’s Fund, set up to pay redress to former wartime sex slaves, is disbanding after years of criticism and after having only compensated about 360 women.

“The fund focused only on money distribution, while ignoring what the victims really hoped for,” said Rumiko Nishino, head of the Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace, Japan’s first resource center on wartime sexual slavery. “They want to be recognized by Japan as victims of its crime so they can retain their dignity.”

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