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Japan faults its inquiry into sex slaves

Investigation of WWII allegations limited, leader says

TOKYO — Japan has acknowledged that it conducted only a limited investigation before claiming there was no official evidence that its imperial troops coerced Asian women into sexual slavery before and during World War II.

A parliamentary statement signed Tuesday by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged the government had a set of documents produced by a postwar international military tribunal containing testimony by Japanese soldiers about abducting Chinese women as sex slaves. That evidence apparently was not included in Japan’s only investigation of the issue, from 1991-1993.

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