Osaka Breaks Sister City Ties With San Francisco Over ‘Comfort Women’ Statue

The mayor of Japan’s second-largest city of Osaka said he would end the sister-city relationship with San Francisco on Friday after the U.S. city accepted a donated memorial to wartime sex slaves known as “Comfort Women,” according to AFP. Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said the statue “completely destroyed” the trust between the two cities after they had been ‘sister’ cities for more than 60 years. “The sister city relationship with San Francisco will be terminated,” said Yoshimura, adding that the split will be formalized in December. Japan’s national government also called for San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee to reject the memorial while Tokyo struggles to explain its position on the…