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Art event featuring 'comfort woman' statue opens in Tokyo

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Really, it's just a young woman sitting on a chair. Could represent anything or anyone. Just shows the power of words

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Lamilly. That is just a young woman sitting on a chair. You're looking at the wrong thing

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Banning it will make it more popular.

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I notice nearly all in attendance are young and probably don't belong to the LDP/Nippon Kaigi consortium.

Maybe baby steps.

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Look at the direction of the kimono fold and other clothes. and where she is sitting.

perhaps then you will understand

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LamillyToday  05:02 pm JST

Really, it's just a young woman sitting on a chair. Could represent anything or anyone. Just shows the power of words

The statue was originally designed as a pair and made to memorialize the two South Korean schoolgirls who were killed in an awful accident involving a US military vehicle, known as the Yangju Highway Incident in 2002.

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/537291.html

The South Korean Comfort Women activists chose to use one of the statues for their own agenda.

This is merely a fact. Now watch the downvotes pour in LOL.

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I just cannot understand why Japan just doesn't apologize for their role in this terrible attack on Korean women? Why? Oh Why?

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I just cannot understand why Japan just doesn't apologize for their role in this terrible attack on Korean women? Why? Oh Why?

They have apologized and paid recompensation. Multiple times.

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“I just cannot understand why Japan just doesn't apologize for their role in this terrible attack on Korean women? Why? Oh Why?”

What happened was despicable, but I believe Japan has apologized several times. Of course, no amount of apologies will ever atone for those actions.

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Art? Hardly.

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So much anger by right wingers who no matter what insist that Japans imperial Troops were saviour for Asia. Take a breath and read more. This if you read something not generated by like minded people a window of fresh air might open.

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Japan has apologized and paid recompensation, but it's become such a political issue. It's in the interest of politicians in Japan and Korea to keep it alive in the name of patriotism. Ridiculous. Japan trying hard to put the past in the past and forget didn't help. This exhibit is very welcome, and it's high time that the issue of comfort women be left to a 3rd party like the ICJ.

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Nice to see a bird on her left shoulder. It symbolizes peace, freedom and liberation.

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It just looks like a harmless statue of a woman sitting on a chair to me.

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OssanAmericaToday  06:07 pm JST

LamillyToday  05:02 pm JST

Really, it's just a young woman sitting on a chair. Could represent anything or anyone. Just shows the power of words

The statue was originally designed as a pair and made to memorialize the two South Korean schoolgirls who were killed in an awful accident involving a US military vehicle, known as the Yangju Highway Incident in 2002.

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/537291.html

The South Korean Comfort Women activists chose to use one of the statues for their own agenda.

This is merely a fact. Now watch the downvotes pour in LOL.

There’s hardly anyone who knows it here I think. Mr &Mrs Kim, Artists??? were involved in legal matters

for other statues

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The 'comfort woman' statue represents a total failure of South Korean and Japanese politicians to offer any respite for future generations.

A ghastly caricature of, now frail pensioners, wheel bound for a calamitous pretence pertaining to appear as a art exhibition.

What can be learnt from this insincere pretence of art?

Nothing zero.

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Michael MachidaToday  06:15 pm JST

I just cannot understand why Japan just doesn't apologize for their role in this terrible attack on Korean women? Why? Oh Why?

Instead of emoting just do some reading. Japan has apologized to South Korea multiple times. Far too many to list.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan#:~:text=January%201%2C%201992%3A%20Prime%20Minister,people%20who%20suffered%20indescribable%20hardships%22.

But all this ended when in 2015 South Korea and Japan negotiated and agreed upon the Comfort Women Agreement, hailed as "Permanent and Irreversible". Japan issued a Prime Miniterial apology and paid the money that South Korea requested. Then Moon came into office and unilaterally ripped it up. The money never reached the surviving Comfoprt Women and has not been returned to Japan. I say ended because Kishida, the current J-PM was the J-Foreign Minister in 2015 who negotiated and signed that agreement.

Japan has done everything that South Korea has demanded, only to be charged with the same thing over and over again because Anti-Japan sentiment is a political and diplomatic tool in South Korea that they do not want to give up. Japan should not address this issue any further unless South Korea reinstates the 2015 Agreement and shows their good faith, that they are sincere about wanting to improve relations.

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Where is the explanation of how this tragedy ever occurred?

Where is the learning experience?

It is just a political tongue out, raspberry, purporting to be art.

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zichiToday  07:02 pm JST

OssanAmerica

it does not matter that the statue was created for another story but is now repurposed for CW.

Yes it does. It's misrepresentation. It's fake.

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It's time to forget the past and move forward with the future. Let's not drag our kids through the mud of the past and old grievances.

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Whether they were forced into prostitution politically or economically, the end result is the same. The same applies to every other kind of slavery. Capitalist economy is 100% to blame but those enforcing capitalism are the ones who justifiably get blamed. The Japanese state is to blame for Korean prostitutes when Japan was the occupying power. Now, the Korean state is to blame for Korean prostitutes.

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zichiToday  07:24 pm JST

OssanAmerica

it's only misrepresentation according to your opinion. 

And it only makes no difference in your opinion. And to those who do not care about "truth" or "accuracy".

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OssanAmerica: You get an upvote from me…I once lived in South Korea and still speak Korean. There is much that is truly admirable about Korean culture, but racial nationalism is not part of that…

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zichiToday  07:02 pm JST

OssanAmerica

it does not matter that the statue was created for another story but is now repurposed for CW.

Yes not only for the very statue repurposed with totally different epitaph inscribed just next to her, but also for miniature, badge, T-shirts, etc to buy as souvenir which Mr and Mrs Kim demand for copyright fee.

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Why does no one say that it's a really crap piece of sculpture?

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