Comfort women exhibition Opens in Taiwan

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Taiwanese former comfort women denounced Japan Sunday at the opening of an exhibition that unveils Taiwan's litigation against Japan over the issue of sex slaves used by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War Two.

Chen Tao, one of the 13 surviving comfort women in Taiwan, said she traveled all the way from Pingtung, the southernmost county in Taiwan, to the capital to attend the opening and ask for assistance from President Ma Ying-jeou, who attended the opening, in helping them find justice and dignity.

"We flew to Japan several times but they would not let we victims testify in court, " said Chen, referring to trials that took place between 1999 and 2005, when the Japanese high court ruled against the comfort women in three separate appeals.

"These grandmothers don't want monetary compensation from the Japanese government. They only ask for an official apology, " said Liao Ying-chih, chairwoman of the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation (TWRF) , the main support group for the former comfort women in Taiwan and the exhibition organizer.

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