NAGOYA -- The government of this central Japan city announced on Nov. 5 that it has sent a letter to the head of a district in Berlin demanding the removal of a statue of a girl symbolizing "comfort women."
The statue was set up on public land in the Mitte district of Berlin by a pro-South Korea civic group. District Mayor Stephan von Dassel once ordered the removal of the statue but then decided to accept it for the time being.
The letter has been sent in the name of Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura. It pointed out that the Berlin district head's reversal in policy stance is very disappointing and urged for the statue's early removal, saying that "Germany should not get caught up in South Korea's political claims and the friendly and cooperative relationship between Japan and Germany should not be broken." The national government of Japan has already requested the removal of the statue.
(Japanese original by Masakatsu Oka, Nagoya News Center)