New York Assembly honors ‘comfort women’ monument

Kyodo

The New York State Assembly has passed a resolution honoring a “comfort women” memorial erected last year, saying it “serves as a reminder of the crime against humanity committed” by the Imperial Japanese military.

The nonbinding measure, similar to one passed by the New York Senate in January, was adopted May 7, just days before the issue flared up again in Japan because of contentious remarks made by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto.

The resolution says the Japanese government “officially commissioned” the system of putting “hundreds of thousands of young women from Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, the Netherlands and elsewhere” into sexual servitude from the 1930s through World War II.

The monument in Westbury’s Eisenhower Park was established last June by the local Korean-American community, which the motion commends. Assemblyman Charles Lavine sponsored the resolution, which toned down a condemnation of Japan from an earlier draft.

  • Toshiaki Haginoya

    If 200,000 women were truly coerced into sexual slavery as the “historians” say on U.S. newspapers, there would have been a rebellion or at least several more times that number of eyewitnesses and people would have kept the records either in official papers or at least in their diaries. However, the Korean Government and people didn’t mention even a word of it in the negotiation process of 1965 Peace Treaty and brought this issue on table early in 1990s as if they suddenly came out of coma. This fact clearly indicates that the “Comfort Women” issue is just a propaganda campaign of Korean people to defame Japan or obtain money in the form of “compensation.” Therefore, no apologies anymore!!