Sixteen Filipinos whose fathers or husbands were Japanese men who had moved to the Philippines before and during the war asked lawmakers Tuesday in Tokyo for help obtaining Japanese citizenship.

The group consists of 15 second-generation Japanese living in the Philippines and a woman who lost her Japanese husband during the war. The woman is taking part in the one-week trip on behalf of her disabled daughter.

"I came here to seek help from you," said Felicidad Tanji Aguilar, 82, during a meeting with six Diet members who are part of a larger group of about 50 working on the problem of war-displaced Filipinos.