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N.J. ‘comfort women’ resolution OK’d

Kyodo

New Jersey’s lower house has voted to pass a resolution recognizing the women and girls forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during the war.

Introduced to the state legislative body last September, 76 of the 80 assembly members approved last Thursday the resolution that demands the Japanese government “accept historical responsibility” for the so-called comfort women and also “educate future generations about these crimes.” Four assembly members did not vote.

The document states that “about 200,000 young women” were forced into sexual slavery, but the Japanese government destroyed “official documentation,” making it difficult to accurately estimate the total number.

The state has two comfort women memorials and both are in Bergen County, which sits next to New York on the Hudson River.

  • phu

    As someone who was born in New Jersey and was lucky enough to get out… this is a very strange step for a state that currently does and, for a very long time, has had far more relevant problems to deal with than what a foreign power does or does not do about its historical issues.

    US states should be concentrating on solving their own problems and addressing their own issues. This is a ridiculous waste of time for a government that has absolutely no business — let alone any influence — delving into US foreign affairs, let alone those totally unrelated to the US.

    The only reason this might be newsworthy is as a very clear indication of one state government’s very public failure to appropriately use the time its constituents have given it.

  • disqus_pkrRDJU42M

    The Japanese government has apologized many times over the issue of forced prostitution during the war and has also given lots of money in compensation which was accepted by the then governments of South Korea (and also China, I believe).

    The problem is that some politicians still deny history and refuse to accept what the rest of the world understands to be fact. These politicians then make public their views, reopening old wounds and continuing the cycle of hatred against Japan. It is the continuing reopening of old wounds and constant reminder that enables China and South Korea to continue to use, with some credence, the ‘comfort women’ issue as a bargaining chip in international disputes.

    The only way to stop such repetition would be to make laws (ideally retroactive laws) that make airing such views in public illegal. Without such constant reminder of the past, the negative emotions caused by the issue will have a chance to dissipate and then south east Asia will have a chance to move on.

    • 維明 盧

      Allow me to add Taiwanese women into this tragic incident in WWII. Because there is diplomatic relation between Japan & Taiwan, there is no official discussion on the issue. Some Taiwanese then-comfort women went to Japanese court to claim their rights, but failed the case