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Taiwan aboriginal lawmaker to take struggle against Japan to UN
2005-09-14 03:38:03 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TAIPEI, Sept 14 (AP) -- A Taiwanese aboriginal lawmaker said Wednesday she will lead a rally at the United Nations to demand an apology for alleged atrocities suffered during Japan's 50-year occupation of the island.

More than 60 aboriginals are expected to join the protest outside the U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 23, May Chin told reporters in Taipei.

Japan ruled Taiwan from 1895 to 1945 and faced resistance from aboriginals living in remote mountain areas. Chin has repeatedly asked Japan to apologize for drafting Taiwanese aboriginals into its military and for forcing women into sexual slavery.

Chin and her supporters protested outside the Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo last June. The shrine honors Japan's war dead, but also lists among its "deities" the names of executed World War II criminals, and many in Asia consider this a glorification of Tokyo's imperialist past.

"Japan shouldn't shirk its historical responsibility," Chin said.

At Chin's news conference, a fellow lawmaker, acerbic writer and talk show host Li Ao, pulled a wad of cash from an envelope and gave it to Chin to fund her protest. Li told assembled reporters it was US$30,400 (€24,800), equivalent to 1 million New Taiwan dollars.

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