Philippines not taking down statue of WW II sex slave despite Japan's objection

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Philippines not taking down statue of WW II sex slave despite Japan's objection

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Post by Sniper1946 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:35 pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will not act on an objection by Japan to a new statue in Manila that commemorates the Filipino "comfort women" who worked in Japanese military brothels during the Second World War, his spokesman said on Thursday.

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Relations between the two countries remains "very strong," Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque told reporters, playing down concern that the statue could hurt relations with Japan, a major source of aid and investment.

About 1,000 Philippine women were forced into prostitution by Japanese troops during the war — they are known by the Japanese euphemism "comfort women" — a sensitive issue that had prompted some survivors to demand an apology as well as compensation from Tokyo.

Roque said the statue was not an issue for Duterte to get involved in.

"It's up to the people who erected the statue to do anything they want with it," he said. "I don't think it is really a diplomatic issue, no."
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/manila-com ... -1.4482388
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