Osaka cuts ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Osaka cuts ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue

The Japanese city of Osaka has ended its sister city agreement with the US city of San Francisco due to a dispute over a statue that memorialises women made sex slaves by Japanese forces in the 20th century.

The statue in San Francisco features depictions of women from China, Korea and the Philippines, symbolising "comfort women", a term that refers to the women and teenaged girls abducted and forced to work in brothels under Imperial Japanese rule.

The statue bears an inscription that reads: "This monument bears witness to the suffering of hundreds of thousands of women and girls, euphemistically called 'Comfort Women', who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces in thirteen Asian-Pacific countries from 1931-1945. Most of these women died during their wartime captivity."

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