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× ‘Abused Korean girl’ statue removed after Japan protest

SAN PEDRO CITY---The statue of a young woman seated with her fists clenched on her lap has been removed following a protest from the Japanese Embassy in Manila, which considered it a memorial to comfort women, the sex slaves forced to serve Japanese invading forces in World War II.

The statue drew controversy that prompted Malacaang to issue a statement in its defense, amid condemnation of the Japanese…