Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to pledge $1 million to help victims of sexual violence when he speaks at the U.N. General Assembly next week, a report said Wednesday, as anger continues in Asia over wartime "comfort women."
Abe will visit Canada and the United States on Sept 23-27, with his speech at the U.N. taking place on Sept 26, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced.
The Nikkei business daily reported that Abe will use his U.N. speech to pledge a financial contribution to help female victims of sexual violence.
The money is part of efforts to improve a national image tarnished by a continuing controversy over Japan's wartime use of "comfort women," a euphemism for women from Korea and other parts of Asia drafted into sexual slavery.
The contribution to the Trust Fund for Victims, which is managed by the International Criminal Court, will be the centerpiece of his address, the economic daily said.
Tokyo will earmark nearly 100 million yen in the fiscal 2014 budget for the fund, which mainly provides assistance to those affected by war in Africa.© (C) 2013 AFP