- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court ruling that threw out a lawsuit challenging a memorial in Southern California for women who were used as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II.

A judge two years ago decided plaintiffs did not prove their claim that they suffered tangible harm from the placement of the “Comfort Women” statue in Glendale Central Park.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the judge’s ruling.

Despite objections from Japanese-Americans, the City Council voted 4-1 in 2013 to permit installation of the 1,100-pound bronze monument.

Historians believe that as many as 200,000 girls and women from Korea, China and other occupied nations were forced into Japanese military brothels.

However, many Japanese and Japanese-Americans dispute the claims.

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