Comfort Women Statue May Be Removed from Art Event in Japan

Society Culture

Nagoya, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--A statue of a girl symbolizing so-called comfort women exhibited at an international art event in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, may be removed after drawing a storm of protest, the event's artistic director said Friday.

The "Statue of a Girl of Peace" has been receiving harsh criticism since the event, Aichi Triennale 2019, started on Thursday. Comfort women, mainly Koreans, were forced to provide sex to Japanese troops during wartime.

Journalist Daisuke Tsuda, who serves as the event's artistic director, said he will consider options including the possibility of withdrawing the statue.

"Concerns over staff and visitor safety are rising as we are getting a flood of protest calls," Tsuda told a press conference. The statue has drawn about 1,400 complaints, according to event staff.

"We wanted people to look at an art work that was rejected by a museum for exhibition, to think about the freedom of expression," he said.

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