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A group of Filipino women forced into sexual slavery during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in the 1940s has blasted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for visiting war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.

In a statement Friday, Richilda Extremadura, executive director of Lila Pilipina (League of Filipino Grandmothers), said the group “strongly condemns the action of Abe in honoring the dead at Yasukuni Shrine, treating war criminals as heroes without settling Japan’s war crime and without acknowledgment, recognition and accountability of its past war crime.”

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