Osaka to Cut Sister-City Ties with San Francisco Over Comfort Women Statue
Write : 2017-11-24 15:41:07 Update : 2017-11-24 17:04:26
Osaka says it will drop sister-city ties with San Francisco after the mayor of the U.S. city accepted a statue of three girls symbolizing Asian women who were forced into wartime sexual slavery by the Japanese military.
According to Kyodo News on Thursday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signed a document that formalized the U.S. city's acceptance of the statue -- of Korean, Chinese and Filipino girls -- which was set up in the Chinatown area in September this year.
The Japanese government had urged the U.S. city against such a move last week.
Following the decision, Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said he plans to break off sister-city ties with San Francisco in December.
He said in a statement that the two cities' relationship of trust had ended.
San Francisco and Osaka formed sister-city relations in 1957, after which they launched various intercultural exchange programs.
An estimated 200-thousand women from Korea, China and other parts of Asia were forced into sexual slavery under Japan's imperial army during the Second World War.
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