The Hong Kong government has made it clear to Japan that the “comfort women” statues depicting the Japanese wartime sex slaves hoisted in front of the Japanese Consulate in the Chinese territory is there to stay.
The fiber glass statues, each weighing 32 kilograms, were placed on the bridge near Exchange Square on July 7 morning to mark the start of hostilities between China and Japan in 1937. The day marked the 80th anniversary of the start of the Nanking Massacre, which took place in the city now known as Nanjing.
Activist Tsang Kin-shing said the bronze statues were a reminder to Japan of its culpability in forcing females recruited or captured from Japan, the Korean Peninsula and elsewhere to work in front-line brothels.
“This is Chinese territory. Why should Japan care about this?” he said.
The Japan Times reported that a government spokesman said Hong Kong’s police have said the statues would not be removed.