The Filipina Comfort Women monument in the Manila Bay that was removed in 2018 and later disappeared. Photo: Anson Yu/courtesy of Kaisa
The Filipina Comfort Women monument in the Manila Bay that was removed in 2018 and later disappeared. Photo: Anson Yu/courtesy of Kaisa

‘Comfort women’ statue missing in the Philippines as Japan’s wartime legacy under focus

  • The monument was dismantled by Rodrigo Duterte’s government before a 2018 ADB summit to avoid antagonising Japan, and later ‘stolen’ from the sculptor
  • Despite Harvard professor Mark Ramseyer arguing they were paid prostitutes, archives show Japan’s military establishment forced Filipino women to become sex slaves

The Filipina Comfort Women monument in the Manila Bay that was removed in 2018 and later disappeared. Photo: Anson Yu/courtesy of Kaisa
The Filipina Comfort Women monument in the Manila Bay that was removed in 2018 and later disappeared. Photo: Anson Yu/courtesy of Kaisa
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