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Tokyo has urged Seoul not to allow the erecting of a statue in front of the Japanese consulate in Busan that will reportedly symbolize Koreans conscripted to work during Japanese colonial rule, Japan’s top spokesman said Wednesday.

The installation of such a statue, if realized, would likely further complicate a bilateral relationship that remains soured over the issue of so-called “comfort women,” many of whom were Koreans, who were forced to serve in wartime Japanese military brothels.

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