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Comfort women statue in San Francisco marks first anniversary

  • September 24, 2018
  • , Sankei , p. 9
  • JMH Translation

The first anniversary of the installation of a comfort women statue and epitaph that were accepted as public property of the city of San Francisco was marked on Sept. 22. The “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition (CWJC), the group that initiated this project, held a gathering to commemorate the occasion. In addition to local legislators, supporters from Japan and China also participated. The demonstrators shouted slogans like “Japan should apologize!”


The CWJC, a group formed by Chinese Americans and other citizens, set up the statue and epitaph, which were unveiled at a ceremony on Sept. 22, 2017 in the exhibition space of St. Mary’s Square in Chinatown. On Nov. 22, the (then) city mayor, who is a Chinese American, signed documents accepting their donation, which made them the city’s property. (Abridged)

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