Sex Slave Statue to Be Displayed Again in Japan

  • By Choi Eun-kyung

    July 07, 2021 12:45

    A statue commemorating the victims forced into sexual slavery by the imperial Japanese army during World War II will be exhibited in Japan again after two years out of sight.

    Japanese media reported Tuesday that the statue will be exhibited in a municipal gallery in Nagoya until Sunday. It was unveiled in Japan during the Aichi Triennale, one of the biggest international contemporary art festivals, in August 2019.

    A statue commemorating Korean victims of wartime sex slavery is displayed in a gallery in Nagoya, Japan on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    The new exhibition showcases works that challenge taboos in Japanese society and the sex slave statue, along with photographs by Ahn Se-hong of Korean women who were forced into sex slavery, is also on display.

    Another exhibit is a video by Nobuyuki Ohura showing a photo of Japanese Emperor Hirohito being burned.

    The statue drew fierce protests from rightwing Japanese groups in 2019. Conservative Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura personally protested in front of the gallery at the time demanding the statue be removed, and organizers were forced to stop exhibiting it after being inundated with protest calls and hate mail.

    The new exhibition is also facing protests. A counter-exhibition by some rightwing activists is planned in another hall of the gallery from Friday.

    Organizers also tried to display the sex slave statue in Tokyo and Osaka but have yet to obtain permission.

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