• Kyodo


A human rights group urged the government Friday to start talks on how to compensate victims of Japan’s wartime sex slavery in East Timor, an initiative that comes just days after the 71st anniversary Wednesday of the Imperial army’s invasion of the then-Portuguese colony.

In a statement signed by around 40 organizations and 350 individuals and submitted to the Foreign Ministry, the East Timor Japan Coalition said Japan should hold negotiations with the East Timorese government over the issue of former sex slaves, euphemistically known as “comfort women” in Japan, by the end of this year.

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