‘Com­fort women’ doc­u­men­tary back to Ja­pan fes­ti­val

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

TOKYO (AFP) — A film fes­ti­val in sub­ur­ban Tokyo will show a doc­u­men­tary on the highly con­tro­ver­sial is­sue of Ja­pan’s wartime mil­i­tary broth­els, or­ga­niz­ers said Sun­day af­ter com­ing un­der fire for drop­ping the movie.

The film’s screen­ing was can­celled last week af­ter con­cerns over the safety of vol­un­teers and ob­jec­tions from lo­cal of­fi­cials.

But the de­ci­sion was re­versed af­ter “lots of voices of­fer­ing co­op­er­a­tion to ad­dress our safety con­cerns,” a mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee told AFP, who said the fes­ti­val would in­crease the num­ber of vol­un­teers to boost se­cu­rity.

The con­tro­versy over the film comes af­ter an ex­hibit in cen­tral Ja­pan was shut down for two months ear­lier this year af­ter it re­ceived threats for dis­play­ing a statue of a wartime sex slave, and with re­la­tions be­tween Ja­pan and South Korea badly frayed over wartime is­sues.

The doc­u­men­tary “Shusenjo: The Main Bat­tle­ground of The Com­fort Women Is­sue” ex­am­ines the de­bate over so-called “com­fort women,” who were forced to work in mil­i­tary broth­els dur­ing World War II.

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