Manila, Dec. 12 (Jiji Press) — A statue for so-called comfort women, who were forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II, has been erected on a promenade in Manila, it was learned Tuesday.
It is the first such statue erected in the Philippines. The Japanese embassy in the Philippine capital expressed concern, calling the establishment of the monument “very disappointing.”
The statue of a blindfolded woman dressed in ethnic clothing was set up by the Philippine government’s National Historical Commission. It is about 3 meters tall, including its base. An unveiling ceremony was held on Friday.
A message indicating that the statue was set up to remember Filipino women who were victims of abuse under the Japanese control from 1942 to 1945 is inscribed on the front of the base. The name of a Chinese-Philippine foundation that cooperated for the establishment of the statue is etched on the back side of the base.
After learning on Saturday that the statue had been erected, the Japanese embassy conveyed its regret to the office of the Philippine president and the country’s Foreign Ministry, saying that the establishment of the monument conflicts with the Japanese government’s stance on the comfort women issue.