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Japan obstructs efforts to set up 'comfort women' memorials in L.A. Updated: 2013-07-26 22:23:00 KST

 Japan obstructs efforts to set up 'comfort women' memorials in L.A.
The city council of Buena Park, a city located within the Los Angeles metropolitan area, was scheduled to cast a vote early this week on whether to install a monument honoring the victims of the Japanese military's wartime use of sexual slaves.
But the vote didn't take place as scheduled due to opposition from Japan.
Earlier, members of the Buena Park city council received an opposition letter from the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles.
The letter was in the name of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
In the letter, Consul General Jun Niimi argued Japan has provided sufficient reparations to its war victims.
After receiving the letter, the Buena Park city council decided to delay the vote until September saying they need to approach the matter more cautiously.
Deputy Mayor Miller Oh said Thursday that the city received more than 3-hundred complaints after it was made public that the council was thinking about installing a memorial for the so-called comfort women.
Meanwhile, another city in Los Angeles Glendale City will unveil a memorial honoring comfort women next week.
The memorial will be a replica of the "peace monument" Korean civic leaders set up across the street from the Japanese embassy in Seoul.
The peace monument is a bronze statue of a teenage girl dressed in traditional Korean attire.
The memorial, to be erected at Glendale Central Park, will be the first girl statue honoring comfort women set up overseas.
A comfort woman victim from Korea and Korean civic leaders are expected to attend the unveiling ceremony next Tuesday.
However, the local Japanese-American community is reportedly planning to launch a campaign calling for its removal.
Kim Yeon-ji, Arirang News.
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