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The German city of Freiburg has decided not to proceed with a plan to erect a statue of a girl symbolizing so-called “comfort women” who were procured for Japan’s wartime military brothels, after encountering strong opposition from its Japanese sister-city Matsuyama, a city spokesperson said.

Freiburg had accepted a proposal from its South Korean sister-city Suwon for the statue, a replica of one erected in December 2011 in front of the Japanese Embassy in central Seoul, to be sent there as a gift and erected in a downtown park.

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