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'Comfort women' hold anti-Japan rally
Tue Nov 2, 2010 4:47PM
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A group of elderly women protest in front of the Philippine Supreme Court in ‎Manila, calling for justice for the comfort women on Oct. 29, 2010.‎
A group of elderly women, who were forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War II, have staged an anti-Japan rally in the Philippines.

These women, who were known as 'comfort women,' called for justice in front of the Philippines Supreme Court in Manila. They seek to obtain unequivocal apology, historical accountability and compensation from the Japanese government.

The WWII victims shouted slogans during the rally and condemned the war crimes committed by Japanese forces.

During World War II, Japan's armed forces were the sole aggressors who cut off prisoners' feet. Figures show that Japanese forces sexually abused 200,000 Asian women during the war.

The invasion of the Philippines started on December 8, 1941 and Japan occupied the country from 1942 to 1945.

Japan allied itself with Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

The US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima August 6, 1945 as World War II was in its final stages. Three days later the US dropped another nuclear bomb on Japan's Nagasaki.

An estimated 140,000 people died instantly in Hiroshima or succumbed to burns and radiation sickness soon after the attack, and another 70,000 were injured.

Sixty-five years later, the United States still refuses to apologize for the nuclear attack.

The US has frequently rejected initiatives to abolish nuclear weaponry worldwide.

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