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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Murayama Tours Asia

MANILA, Philippines () -- Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday on the first leg of a four-nation Asian tour marked by controversy over Japan's wartime accountability.

About 50 women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers in World War II demonstrated as Murayama arrived in central Manila, demanding compensation from Japan. Japan has refused to give individual compensation.

However, the government reportedly may organize private funds to support former sex slaves, with Tokyo paying administrative costs.