Ceremony Held to Unveil Comfort Woman Statue in Busan (News)
Busan, Dec. 31 (Jiji Press)—An unveiling ceremony was held on Saturday night for a girl's statue symbolizing the issue of so-called wartime comfort women, which was set up outside of the Japanese consulate-general in Busan, southern South Korea, by a civic group on the previous day.
It is the second such statue erected in front of a Japanese diplomatic mission in South Korea, following one that stands outside of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.
The statue in Busan will certainly become a new source of friction between the two Asian neighbors, informed sources said.
The ceremony started shortly past 9 pm local time. People who participated in a rally held in central Busan to seek the immediate resignation of disgraced South Korean President Park Geun-hye also joined the ceremony. As a result, more than 200 citizens gathered around the statue.
A 22-year-old university student who attended the ceremony criticized last year's Japan-South Korea agreement to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the issue of comfort women, mostly from the Korean Peninsula, who were forced to serve as prostitutes for Japanese troops before and during World War II, saying that the agreement was signed without consent from victimized women and is therefore invalid.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]