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San Francisco to adopt resolution seeking installation of comfort woman statue

  • 2015-07-21 15:00:00
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(Sankei: July 20, 2015 – p. 1)


 By Masaru Nakamura


 SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution calling for support for the installation of a monument or statue honoring the comfort women on July 21, it has been learned. Since an anti-Japanese organization of Chinese Americans in San Francisco has carried out a signature-collecting campaign to promote the installation of a comfort women statue in a public area, the adoption of the resolution is taken to signify support for this campaign. The move also appears to be aimed at applying pressure on the Japanese government on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.


 The resolution was proposed by 8 of the 11 supervisors, and Supervisor Eric Mar submitted it to a board meeting on July 14. The resolution supports the installation of a statue in the city, explaining that the comfort women were “200,000 women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army (during World War II).”


 The adoption of the resolution requires unanimous approval by all 11 members, but if it fails to pass the first vote, the resolution can be put to a second vote following additional deliberations. Therefore, it is very likely that the resolution will be adopted if a majority (six votes) of the members vote for of it.


 A monument or statue will not be built immediately after the resolution is adopted. The anti-Japanese organization of Chinese Americans set up a committee to prepare for the installation of a comfort women statue in August of last year and the organization has launched a signature-collection campaign to promote the installation of a statue in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The group is likely to intensify its efforts in the future.


 This would be the first comfort woman monument to be erected as a result of efforts led by Chinese Americans.


 China has also announced that a memorial hall commemorating the war of resistance against Japan will be opened in San Francisco’s Chinatown on August 15. (Slightly abridged)

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