Glendale, Calif. ‘comfort woman’ statue vandalized again

LOS ANGELES — A controversial statue in Southern California depicting a hanbok-wearing Korean girl who symbolizes the so-called “comfort women” forced to serve in brothels during Japanese colonization has been defaced for the second time this summer, according to police. A suspect vandalized the copper statue using a black marker and knocked over surrounding potted […]

‘Comfort women’ exhibit opens in State Bldg. in S.F.

While the subject of so-called “comfort women” continues to cause controversy between Japan and its neighboring countries in Asia, a new photo exhibition recently opened at the California State Building designed to shed light on one of the darkest chapters of World War II — the sexual enslavement of women throughout Asia by the Japanese […]

Osaka to end sister-city ties with San Francisco over ‘comfort women

OSAKA — Osaka formally decided Dec. 13 to end its 60-year sister-city ties with San Francisco, in protest against its sanctioning of a statue symbolizing women forced into wartime brothels for the Japanese military, the Osaka mayor said. The acceptance of the so-called “comfort women” statue “fundamentally destroyed the relationship of trust. It cannot be […]

Osaka-S.F. sister city relationship to end

Following San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee’s formal acceptance Nov. 22 of the memorial dedicated to the so-called “comfort women,” located in the city’s Chinatown, Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said at a Nov. 24 press conference that he would dissolve the two cities’ 60-year-old sister city relationship. The Japanese Imperial Army sexually enslaved women and girls […]

U.N. panel calls for revising Japan-S. Korea ‘comfort women’ deal

GENEVA — The U.N. Committee against Torture called on Japan and South Korea to revise their 2015 deal to settle the long-standing row over women who were forced into wartime Japanese military brothels. The agreement should be modified to “ensure that the surviving victims of sexual slavery during World War II are provided with redress, […]

‘Comfort women’ memorial site selected

A memorial dedicated to the so-called “comfort women” — who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II — has found a home, say members of the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition. Approved unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Sept. 22, 2015 through a resolution authored by […]

Some Japanese in North America puzzled by ‘comfort women’ statue plan

  San Francisco lawmakers voted in September to urge the establishment of a “comfort women” memorial, breaking ground by becoming the first major U.S. city to install a statue memorializing women, mostly from Asia, who were forced to provide sex for soldiers of the wartime Japanese military. While the decision by the city’s Board of […]