Controversial Aichi Comfort Women Statue Exhibit to Reopen on Tues.

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Nagoya, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Aichi prefectural government said Monday that it will reopen a canceled exhibition featuring a statue of a girl symbolizing so-called comfort women on Tuesday afternoon.

The "After 'Freedom of Expression?'" exhibit, part of the ongoing Aichi Triennale 2019 art festival, began on Aug. 1 but was suspended after two days due to a flood of protests and criticism for its content. The festival will end on Oct. 14.

A lottery system will be introduced to manage entry and a maximum of 30 people will be allowed in the exhibition at one time. Security measures will also be tightened, with visitors being required to undergo baggage screening.

Twenty-three art works, including the statue, will be displayed in the same state as prior to the suspension.

A guide will accompany visitors to offer explanations on details, including why such works were created, and people will not be allowed to take videos.

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