From Time Magazine “Milestones” section, Monday, Sep. 04, 2006

APOLOGY DENIED. To Chen Yabian, 79, and seven other Chnese “comfort women” held as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers during World War II, in what is expected to be the last of several lawsuits against the Japanese government for war crimes; by the Tokyo District Court; in Tokyo. While the court acknowledged that Japanese soldiers had abducted and repeatedly raped the women — some only 14 years old at the time — it dismissed their demands for a formal apology and $200,000 each in compensation, saying that the current government could not be held responsible for Japan’s wartime military actions.