Mayor sends protest letter to Glendale
The city of Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, has sent a letter of protest to its sister city of Glendale, California, claiming the U.S. city has made false statements regarding the "comfort women" memorial it recently unveiled, municipal officials said Friday.
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#1 Aug 13, 2013
Still no answer from Glendale?
Glendale lacks courtesy ...
#2 Sep 18, 2013
Protest for Glendale City continues one after another from all over Japan. This is for The White House and Glendale Mayer, September 6, 2013
We are concerned legislators representing municipalities all over Japan. We love our country. We are committed to instilling a fair-minded, accurate perception of history in our children, who will shoulder the future of humanity.
It is unlikely that the recent installation of a statue memorializing “comfort women” in Central Park in the City of Glendale, California will help bring about true world peace or protect women’s rights. On the contrary, the distorted view of history that the statue represents and the grossly misapplied term “sex slave” will surely jeopardize world peace and our hopes for a bright future for our children.
We hope that the United States government will, on the basis of the facts outlined below, arrive at a fair, objective judgment and recommend that the comfort woman statue be removed immediately.
1.The words “I was a sex slave of Japanese military” are engraved on the statue. Please note that the Japanese military authorities never forced Korean women to engage in prostitution. The comfort women were part of a legally sanctioned prostitution system, similar to others in existence throughout the world. They were handsomely remunerated; the word “sex slaves” is an inaccurate description of the comfort women.
2.Also engraved on the statue is the following:“In memory of more than 200,000 Asian and Dutch women who were removed from their homes in Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, East Timor and Indonesia, to be coerced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Armed Forces of Japan between 1923 and 1945.” However, the Japanese military never abducted women or compelled them to serve as comfort women.
(Because it is long as follows, I omit it)
We are enclosing, for your information, an unimpeachable document, an official American document emanating from the US Office of War Information, Psychological Warfare Team attached to the US Army Forces, India-Burma Theater. It will inform you that the comfort girls were prostitutes or professional camp followers, that they were not coerced, and that their net monthly earnings were 750 yen on the average. Compare this with the salary of an Army private first class, which was 10 yen. We are certain that this document will discredit the claims made by the sponsors of the statue in Glendale and others like it.
MATSUURA Yoshiko, Representative
JAPAN COALITION OF LEGISLATORS AGAINST FABRICATED HISTORY
Assemblywoman, Suginami Ward, Tokyo
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