Japan Govt Scraps Subsidy for Controversial Aichi Festival

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Tokyo, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Cultural Affairs Agency said Thursday it will not give a subsidy for the ongoing Aichi Triennale 2019 art festival, including a canceled exhibition featuring a statue symbolizing so-called comfort women.

The agency decided not to grant any of the 78.2 million yen expected for the festival in the central Japan prefecture of Aichi, concluding there was a defect in the application process.

The decision, effective the same day, is based mainly on a law on the normalization of grants, the agency said.

The exhibition, "After 'Freedom of Expression?'" was closed two days after its Aug. 1 opening, following a storm of criticism and protests.

Comfort women refer to those forced into prostitution for Japanese soldiers before and during World War II. This remains a sensitive issue between Japan and South Korea as the women included many Koreans.

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