Art Event Featuring Comfort Women Statue Called Off

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Nagoya, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--An event featuring a statue of a girl symbolizing so-called comfort women, being held as part of an international cultural festival in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, is set to be called off on Saturday, the executive committee for the festival announced on the day.

The decision was made after the organizer was bombarded with complaints and threats over the "Statue of a Girl of Peace."

"We've received terror threats and apparent threatening emails, so we're concerned about the event's safety," Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura, who heads the committee, said at a press conference at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya, the capital of the prefecture, explaining the reason for the cancellation.

The statue has been showcased as one of the exhibits at the "After 'Freedom of Expression?'" event at the arts center as part of the Aichi Triennale 2019 cultural festival.

Comfort women, mainly Koreans, refer to those who were allegedly forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II.

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