86-year-old Indonesian Mince attends to delivers a speech at the 12th Asian Solidarity Conference for the Issue of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan on May 31, 2014 in Tokyo. S AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI
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Six former "comfort women" joined an international activist meeting in Tokyo Saturday to demand Japan formally atone for sexual slavery in its wartime military brothels, an emotive legacy still haunting the country.The six former comfort women attending the meeting -- from South Korea, the Philippines and Indonesia and the daughter of another from China -- also called on the Japanese government to provide compensation to the former sexual slaves.On Wednesday the Japanese government, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said it would set up an expert team to review how the 1993 statement was drawn up and the historical facts it was based on.It is unclear what will happen if Tokyo's review is at odds with the 1993 statement, which was largely based on testimony from 16 Korean former comfort women, many of whom have since died.
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