August 05, 2019 08:22
Japanese officials have removed a statue representing the victims of the Japanese army's sexual enslavement of women during World War II.
The statue was supposed to be on display for 75 days at the Aichi Triennale, one of the biggest international contemporary art festivals in Japan. But it was put on display only for three days and then removed on Sunday after the festival organizers were pressured by Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and other politicians.
The organizers added that they had been receiving "terror threats" by telephone and e-mail.
Center-left Japanese media criticized the statue's removal, and the Korean artist who made the statue, Kim Un-seong, condemned the Japanese politicians for attacking freedom of expression.
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