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Japanese officials helped procure wartime sex slaves, report claims

News agency says diplomatic dispatches belie claims that so-called’ consolation women’ worked willingly

The Japanese imperial legion asked the government to provide one wartime sex slave for every 70 soldiers serving in China in the late 1930 s, according to dispatches that offer evidence of official involvement in the recruitment of women to work in military brothels.

The dispatches from Japanese diplomatic missions in China include requests to the foreign ministry in Tokyo to provide “comfort women”, Kyodo news agency reported. The word was a euphemism used to describe tens of thousands of women from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines and other countries who were forced into sexual slavery before and during the second world war.

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