Japan faces new war charges

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The Independent Online
PEKING (AFP) - A growing movement to get Second World War compensation from Japan gained momentum yesterday after Chinese 'comfort women' broke a 47-year silence and demanded financial redress from the Japanese government.

It was the first time Chinese women have come forward with allegations of forced prostitution for Japanese troops during their 1937-1945 occupation of China. Another group has collected more than 50,000 signatures in a campaign to press Tokyo for war reparations and is setting up an association of war victims, its leader said.