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An art festival in Nagoya featuring a controversial exhibit of a statue symbolizing “comfort women” will not receive a state subsidy due to procedural errors, the cultural agency said Thursday, a day after the governor of Aichi said the prefectural government is hoping to reopen the exhibit.

The Cultural Affairs Agency said it will not pay a ¥78 million grant to the Aichi Triennale 2019 held in Nagoya as it was not informed in advance that the exhibit, part of the festival, could trigger an outcry that would jeopardize the event’s smooth operation.

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