Taiwan's 1st Comfort Women Statue Unveiled
Tainan, Taiwan, Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony was held in Tainan, southern Taiwan, on Tuesday to unveil the statue of a girl symbolizing the issue of so-called comfort women, who were forced to sexually serve Japanese troops before and during World War II.
This is the first permanent installation of a comfort women statue in Taiwan, which was under Japanese rule until the end of the war.
In a speech during the ceremony, former President Ma Ying-jeou demanded that the Japanese government make a formal apology and provide compensation to former comfort women in Taiwan. Two of them are still alive.
The statue, created by a Taiwanese artist, represents the agony of the oppressed people and their resistance, according to Ma.
In April, the statue was erected by a group backed by Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang, or the Chinese Nationalist Party, within the premises of the party's local branch. The group plans to cover the cost of some 700,000 Taiwanese dollars, or about 2.5 million yen, with donations.
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