Art Festival with Comfort Women Statue Exhibit Ends

Society Culture

Nagoya, Oct. 14 (Jiji Press)--The Aichi Triennale 2019 art festival including a controversial exhibition featuring a statue of a girl symbolizing so-called comfort women came to a close on Monday.

As the 75-day festival in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, ended, Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura, head of the event's organizing committee, told reporters that there were many things that should be regretted, adding that he will look back and reflect the examination in future projects.

Daisuke Tsuda, artistic director of the festival, said that although the cancellation of the exhibition set a bad precedent, he is glad that the exhibition was reopened.

The "After 'Freedom of Expression?'" exhibition was suspended soon after the opening on Aug. 1 as its content, including the comfort women statue, faced a storm of protest. Comfort women, mainly from the Korean Peninsula, were forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II.

The prefectural government reopened the exhibition in early October.

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