Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday at Glendale Central Park near Los Angeles to witness the unveiling of the first "comfort women" memorial on public property on the U.S. West Coast.

Supporters, Glendale city officials and other community members attended the event on the sixth anniversary of the passage of Resolution 121 by the U.S. House of Representatives, which urges the Japanese government to formally acknowledge, apologize and accept responsibility for the forced sexual slavery of hundreds of thousands of women by the Imperial Japanese military.

On Wednesday in Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga expressed displeasure after Japan failed to gain support for its position on the issue from authorities in Glendale.