- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 8, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The city of San Francisco will soon have the nation’s first memorial to so-called “comfort women,” of women who were forced into sex slavery by the Japanese Army in World War II.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2kNMW3n ) that on Monday the San Francisco Arts Commission gave final approval to a planned memorial to be located in the city’s Chinatown.

The memorial is being funded by the Comfort Women Justice Coalition and will be created by sculptor Steven Whyte. It depicts a trio of women with linked hands as a fourth woman looks on and is set to be installed in September.

Survivors and their families have long argued for a memorial, saying Japan has never fully apologized for its behavior during the war. However, some Japanese and Japanese-American people have disputed the claim that women were enslaved.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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