Resolution for ‘comfort women’ memorial in SF moves to committee

While the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at its July 21 full meeting moved a resolution in support of a “comfort women” memorial to committee, the public comment session had those on both sides of establishing a memorial to remember the victims of the Japanese military’s wartime sexual enslavement of women trying to espouse their viewpoints.

There are currently memorials to help remember the “comfort women” in more than a half-dozen cities across the country, including the California cities of Glendale and Rohnert Park, notes the resolution.

The resolution resolves that “appropriate City and County agencies will work with the community organizations to design and establish the memorial” and that the Board of Supervisors during the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II “expresses its strong support of creating a memorial in memory of those girls and women who suffered immeasurable pain and humiliation as sex slaves and as a sacred place for remembrance, reflection, remorsefulness, and atonement for generations to come.”

The proposed memorial would be publicly funded, with more than $120,000 already raised, Supervisor Eric Mar’s office said. The resolution’s driving force, Mar is one of its eight co-sponsors. Board President London Breed, whose district includes San Francisco’s Japantown, is not currently one of the resolution’s sponsors. Supervisors Scott Wiener and Katy Tang are also not listed as sponsors.

The resolution was moved to the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee, which Mar chairs. It will likely be discussed by that committee in mid-September.


  1. Should build memorials for American Indians someplace.

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