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Singapore rejects 'comfort women' statue

2013-01-30 14:01

Singapore - Singapore said on Wednesday it has rejected plans by South Korean activists to put up a statue in the city-state commemorating women forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War II.

The culture ministry denied claims by the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery that there had been talks about plans to put up such a statue.

"This is not accurate," the ministry told AFP in a statement.

"There are no ongoing meetings or discussions between the Singapore government and the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery on this issue. Nor will we allow such a statue to be erected in Singapore."

In Seoul last week the activists unveiled plans to put up the statues - representing "comfort women" forced into Japanese military brothels during the war - in a number of Asian countries starting with Singapore.

They said they had held talks with Singapore authorities and added that a delegation would be sent to the city-state to finalise the plans.

The South Korean group was behind the bronze statue of a young girl with a butterfly settled on her shoulder that was assembled in 2011 opposite the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

Other statues were also planned in China, Malaysia and Indonesia, the group had said.

Historians say about 200 000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and other countries were drafted to work in Japanese army brothels in Asia.

Singapore, which was then a British colony, was among several Asian countries occupied by Japan during the war.

Comments
  • Desilusionada - 2013-01-30 16:56

    What a shame.....

  • Sake Chyazuke - 2013-07-14 10:07

    Why not helping and saving today's comfort women? They've still been suffering for over half a century even after WW-II. Just the customers were changed from the Japanese army to the USA army, but their business has kept on going.. We need to stop their violence and save poor women. Modern-Day Comfort Women http://vaw.sagepub.com/content/13/9/901

  • Sake Chyazuke - 2013-07-16 06:58

    Again, I'd like to raise the current comfort women issue. Actually I don't care about the comfort women issue Japanese army caused. That's the history and over. Also it was just a problem lasting for five years or so though it was during the war time. However, the current comfort women problem has been going on for over half a century. Yes, the comfort women issue is still going on -- they changed the customers from the Japanese army to the USA army, but their business has kept on going. Please read the Stanford or Rhode Island university reports. They're a free report, then you can see who is behind the scene. This looks the nation related problem because the government seems involved, and perhaps that's why it's so hard for people to know this problem. Modern day comfort women - University of Rhode Island. http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/modern_day_comfort_women.pdf Also you can visit the page (modern comfort women) to know more, which is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Modern-Comfort-Women/389352384499538

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