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Osaka chief decides to terminate sister-city relationship with San Francisco

Fuji TV and TBS took up press remarks this morning by Osaka Mayor Yoshimura, who disclosed that he will sever Osaka’s sister-city relationship with San Francisco next month on account of its official decision to accept the donation of a set of comfort women statues. The mayor said: “Our relationship of trust has been completely destroyed…. The decision constitutes ‘political bashing.’ Japan’s national interests will be served by saying no to what is not true.” Yoshimura stressed that his government will no longer subsidize any private sector initiatives for exchanges with San Francisco. He also disclosed that he was told by the San Francisco mayor in writing yesterday that there is no room for discussion or meeting with the Osaka leader on the issue of the comfort women.    

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