An 59-year-old man was arrested for making an incendiary threat against a central museum in Japan that displayed a statue symbolizing so-called comfort women during the war, police said.

Shuji Hotta, a truck driver who lives in Aichi Prefecture, admitted sending the threat earlier this month to the organizers of the Aichi Triennale 2019 art festival, police said on Wednesday.

The exhibition entitled “After 'Freedom of Expression?'”, Which contained a statue symbolizing women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during the war, was removed after a series of protests and threats.

The issue of women of comfort - a euphemism used to refer to those recruited mainly from other Asian countries to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II - has been a major bone of contention in deteriorating Japan-South Korea relations. . worst level in recent years due to war history and trade issues.

The handwritten fax message threatened to set the museum on fire using gasoline, making comparisons to the recent arson in a Kyoto Animation Co studio, police said.

Hotta emerged as a suspect after security camera footage at a local convenience store showed he was using a fax machine early in the 2 morning in August, they said.

Source: Kyodo


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