Filipino “Comfort Women” Seek Meeting with Japanese Royalty

Filipino women who were forced into sexual slavery during World War II are seeking a meeting with Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko in hopes of sharing their stories. The prince and princess are visiting the Philippines’ during the country’s celebration of independence.

Over 200,000 Asian women were forced to work in brothels provided for Japan’s troops. Japan denied involvement with what they called “comfort women” until recently, and refuses to compensate the women for their pain and suffering. The Japanese government has set up a private fund for the women who are now in their late 60s and early 70s. Most of the women are refusing the funds and insist that the government take responsibility for their actions.

“I hope the prince and princess will help us finally get justice before we die,” said Amonita Balajadia, a former slave.


AP - February 17, 1998

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