The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a group seeking the removal of a statue symbolizing those referred to as "comfort women" in the state of California.The Supreme Court issued the dismissal on Monday without giving a reason.The statue was unveiled in 2013 in a park in Glendale city. The city had given permission to erect it to Korean-Americans who are calling on the Japanese government to pay compensation over the issue.A group of Japanese and Japanese-Americans filed suit in 2014, demanding that the city remove it. The group said the city's decision to erect the statue violated the US Constitution by infringing on the federal government's exclusive authority to conduct foreign affairs.The claim was rejected by both the district court and the court of appeals.In a rare move, the Japanese government presented a legal brief in February, urging the US Supreme Court to hear the case.The government said the statue breaches the spirit of a Japan-South Korean agreement on the wartime "comfort women" issue that the US government also supports.Lead plaintiff Koichi Mera said he is disappointed by the Supreme Court decision. He said he will consider what other options are available aside from filing suit.Glendale city commented that it welcomes the court's decision that upholds the city's right to declare its position on important community matters.In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the point of the case was whether Glendale had infringed on the federal government's authority, and not the "comfort women" issue itself.Suga said that moves to set up the statue are in conflict with Japan's position and is regrettable. He added that the government will continue seeking a correct understanding of its basic stance about the issue.