Japanese Diplomats Voice Opposition to Second Comfort Woman Statue in EU | Be Korea-savvy

Japanese Diplomats Voice Opposition to Second Comfort Woman Statue in EU

(image: Yonhap)

(image: Yonhap)

SEOUL, May 14 (Korea Bizwire)Yi Eun-hi, the Korean-German activist and executive director at Vereins Pung­gyeong Welt­kulturen (Pung-Gyeong Global Cultural Association), has been leading a project to install a “comfort woman” statue at Bonn Women’s Museum in Germany.

This will be the second comfort woman statue in Europe after the one erected at the Nepal Himalaya Pavilion in Wiesent, Germany.

The first comfort woman statue in Europe was established by Korean residents of Germany and citizens of Suwon, Korea to commemorate Korean women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II.

However, the statue does not display any historical background information due to strong obstruction and pressure from Japan.

The Pung-Gyeong Global Cultural Association was established in December of last year by Korean residents hoping to reinstall the statue with a proper information board to explain what actually took place during the Japanese colonial era.

Japanese diplomats in Germany have been reportedly trying again to stop the museum from installing the comfort woman statue.

They recently visited Marianne Pitzen, the museum’s director,, to complain about the installation, but Pitzen did not agree with their opposition and told them “what’s happened has happened and you cannot dial back the time.”

As Yi and the museum agreed to unveil the statue as scheduled on August 14th, International Memorial Day for Comfort Women, the Pung-Gyeong Global Cultural Association has been trying to raise 70,000 euros to cover the cost of the statue as well as host international symposiums.

Olivia Lee (mjlee@koreabizwire.com)

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