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Philippine Pres. vows to take step on comfort women statue

  • January 18, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 11:46 a.m.
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Manila, Jan. 18 (Jiji Press)–Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has pledged to take a proper measure in response to the Japanese government’s concern over a “comfort women” statue in Manila.

Duterte made the promise during a meeting in the Philippine capital Wednesday with Katsuyuki Kawai, a lawmaker of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also president of LDP.

According to Kawai, Duterte assured implementation of a “proper measure” when the aide to Abe said Tokyo has been worried about the statue since its installation in December.


But Kawai declined to elaborate on the step the Philippine government would take on the statue symbolizing Filipino women who were forced into prostitution for Japanese troops during World War II.

Meeting with Duterte in Manila on Jan. 9, Japanese communications minister Seiko Noda also expressed strong regret over the statue.

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