Judge rules Glendale 'comfort women' statue will stayUpdated: 2014-08-13 09:58:46 KST
A statue that honors the thousands of Korean women who were used as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers before and during World War Two can and WILL remain in the U.S. city of Glendale.
The Los Angeles Times reports that a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit on the removal of the monument last week.
The judge decided that the Japanese American plaintiffs did NOT prove sufficiently that they have suffered from the placement of the statue in the city's main park.
Since the installment last summer, the memorial statue has been at the center of debate, but city officials and most residents want it to stay put.
According to historians, roughly 200-thousand women and girls, mostly Korean, but also from elsewhere in Asia, were rounded up and forced into brothels and raped by Japanese soldiers.
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I am very confused because I found the following news.
It says that on August 6, 2014, the Asahi Shimbun, pro-Korean and liberal news paper in Japan, admitted to serious errors in many articles on the “comfort women” issue, retracting all stories going back decades that quoted a Japanese man who claimed he kidnapped about 200 Korean women and forced them to work at wartime Japanese military brothels. It means that as far as the present-day Korean Peninsula is concerned, no hard evidence had been found to show the Japanese military was directly involved in recruiting women to the brothel system against their will.
Is this memorial based NOT on historical facts, but on political propaganda to bully Japan and the Japanese?
I was very shocked by the news that 122 Korean women claimed that "we were the U.S. military comfort women", and sued the class action lawsuit on June 25, 2014.
The USA itself is very deeply committed to this Korean "comfort women" matter as an assailant of violence against women. If the issue is a human rights concern for the future of all nations, these events should be held to memorialize all "Comfort Women," including females who were forced into sexual slavery by the USA military and Korean Government itself during and after Korean War. The monument should engrave the phrase on the statue "We were the U.S. military sex slave too." Glendale should not be hypocrite.