Suga Denies Influence on "Comfort Women Statue" Exhibition

Politics Culture

Tokyo, Aug. 5 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday that his remarks on an exhibition featuring a statue of a girl symbolizing so-called comfort women in Nagoya had no influence on the cancellation of the event.

Suga thus rejected criticism that his remarks amounted to censorship, people familiar with the matter said.

The Cultural Affairs Agency decided to provide some 780 million yen in subsidy to an international art festival in which the special exhibition was held but has yet to execute the grant.

While noting that the art festival in the Aichi prefectural capital was a government-subsidized project, Suga told a press conference on Friday that the central government would "check and examine the facts and take necessary steps" regarding a decision on whether subsidies should be given to the event.

Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura said Saturday that the prefectural government, the festival organizer, decided to cancel the exhibition as it had received online terror threats and blackmailing.

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