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Authorities in a central Berlin district said on Thursday that they have rescinded approval for a statue erected last month that symbolizes Korean "comfort women" — who suffered under Japan’s military brothel system before and during World War II — amid objections from Tokyo.

The Mitte district is asking a pro-South Korea civic group to remove the comfort women statue by Wednesday. The Japanese government expressed regret over the statue in Berlin after it was installed in a public location in late September.

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