SF Mayor Edwin Lee signed the Resolution, previously passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously, that will officially adopt the "Comfort Women Column of Strength (hereinafter "Comfort Women" Memorial)" as City Property.
Since the unveiling of San Francisco’s “Comfort Women” monument on September 22nd, 2017, Japanese officials have launched a media campaign aimed at distorting history, ruining a 60-year-old sister city relationship between the Japanese City of Osaka and San Francisco and successfully pressuring the UNESCO to delay support of “Comfort Women” historical documents.
San Francisco Visual Art Committee in the Arts Commission selected the final design for the San Francisco 'Comfort Women' memorial. The design was among the 30+ applications that were submitted for the Call for Artists. The three girls on top of a cylindrical pedestal represent the victims from different parts of the world, and the grandma figure represents the survivors who are continuing their struggle for justice and dignity. The memorial will be accompanied by a plaque that explains the 'Comfort Women' history and its meaning today.
The Filipina victims of sexual slavery were not acknowledged during Emperor Akihito's visit to the Philippines last week. Filipina comfort women have been demanding recognition and justice from the Japanese government for the sexual exploitation and violence they suffered at the hands of Japanese soliders during WWII. There are about 70 Filipina comfort women still living, many of whom are over 80 years old. Their resolve and fight for justice remains unwavering after 60 years of struggle. News story from The New York Times.
Healing at last? More than 70 years after the end of World War II, South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement last Monday to resolve their dispute over Korean women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japan’s Imperial Army. Recently, hundreds of South Korean protesters joined two surviving comfort women to denounce the agreement. The remaining survivors were not consulted by South Korean officials as they brokered an agreement with Japan. It is still unclear whether the comfort women will actually receive the compensation money. The 70 former comfort women in the Philippines, China, Indonesia, and North Korea, have yet to receive any financial compensation nor a formal apology from the Japanese government. News story from New York Times.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution calling for a memorial to "comfort women" abused by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
Introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar (D1), the resolution is aimed at honoring some “200,000 women who were kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery the Imperial Japanese Army during its colonial and wartime occupation” of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War.
News story from TheInquirer.net