Disputed Comfort Women Statue Exhibit Reopens with Same Content

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Nagoya, Oct. 8 (Jiji Press)--Aichi Prefecture reopened a controversial exhibition featuring a statue of a girl symbolizing so-called comfort women on Tuesday, about two months after it was suspended in the wake of a storm of protest.

All 23 artworks, including the statue, are shown in the same setting as before the cancellation. To avoid turmoil, a lottery system has been introduced to manage entry, allowing 30 people to visit the exhibition at one time.

The reopened "After 'Freedom of Expression?'" exhibition is part of the Aichi Triennale 2019 art festival, being held in the central Japan prefecture of Aichi. The festival is scheduled to end Monday.

Security measures have been tightened for the exhibition, with visitors prohibited from bringing in their personal belongings except valuable items and things carried by them being subject to checks with a metal detector. Visitors are also required to take an educational program on the artworks before entering the exhibition and be accompanied by guides while touring it. Video filming of the exhibition is not allowed.

On Tuesday, the exhibition was scheduled to be opened to visitors twice. Some 700 people applied for the first lottery on the day, and the 30 people who won started to view the works at the event shortly after 2 p.m. (5 a.m. GMT).

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