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Dyana Bagby Posted by on June 30, 2017.

‘Comfort women’ memorial unveiled in Brookhaven park; may move soon

A memorial to honor “comfort women” who were sexually trafficked by the Japanese military during World War II was finally unveiled at a June 30 ceremony in Brookhaven after weeks of controversy. But, a source involved in the memorial’s planning said at the ceremony, the city may soon move the statue elsewhere in Brookhaven after debate about its location in a public park.

Kang Il-chul, a “comfort women” survivor, traveled from Korea to Brookhaven for the June 30 unveiling of the Young Girl’s Statue for Peace. (Dyana Bagby)

The memorial, named the “Young Girl’s Statue for Peace,” is a life-sized golden statue of a young girl seated next to an empty chair. The statue for weeks was hidden beneath a plywood box in the center of what the city calls Blackburn Park II, located in the middle of a residential area.

Mayor John Ernst at the unveiling explained the city’s view that a memorial to the “comfort women” matches Brookhaven’s battle against sex trafficking in metro Atlanta.

“It’s not all about the past. It is about the future. And that’s what these monuments are about,” said Ernst, who noted that as a history major from Emory he sees the importance of remembering the past to recognize present issues.

The memorial came to Brookhaven after the National Center for Civil Human and Rights in Atlanta backtracked in March from an earlier decision to host it. Since Brookhaven announced its acceptance of the statue a month ago, it has drawn controversy, as the governments of Japan and South Korea disagree on “comfort women” history. At the June 29 City Council meeting, the day before the unveiling, several Japanese Americans, as well as Tomoko Ohyama, an official at the Japanese consulate in Atlanta, made last-minute requests to the council asking it to reject the statue to avoid discrimination against Japanese people or hostility between Korea and Japan.

And neighbors of Blackburn Park II have threatened a lawsuit over the memorial being located there without public input. The city will soon relocate the statue, the source at the ceremony said. Mayor Ernst declined to comment and the city has yet to make an official response.

The unveiling

For the unveiling ceremony, the statue was covered by a large yellow blanket that was lifted together by MayorErnst;  City Councilmember John Park; members of the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force, which donated the statue to the city; and Kang Il-chu, known as Grandma Kang, one of the remaining 38 “comfort women” survivors.

Grandma Kang, in pink and blue dress, with Baik Kyu Kim, chairperson of the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force at right, moments after the “Young Girl’s Statue for Peace” was unveiled June 30 in Brookhaven. (Dyana Bagby)

A heavy downpour of rain began falling shortly before the unveiling at the end of the approximate one-hour ceremony, forcing many in the crowd of more than 100 attendees to find shelter under umbrellas or a tent, with many forced to simply stand in the rain. Large umbrellas were held over Grandma Kang as she pulled the blanket off the statue to a roaring round of applause.

The park became a muddy mess, but the mood of those in attendance was jovial and celebratory. Numerous Korean and Japanese media outlets  were also on hand to record the event that has gained international attention as part of the controversy between Korea and Japan over the history of comfort women. Despite the controversy, there were no protesters.

Some of those attending included Heather Fenton, a member of the Task Force and mother of Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate who lost his bid for the 6th Congressional District seat to Republican Karen Handel; Fulton County Commissioner Rob Pitts, who is running for the Fulton chair seat; and Raoul Donato, honorary consul general of the Philippines, who spoke as part of the event.

Tony Marano, who flew from Texas to speak out against the memorial at a June 29 City Council meeting, attended the Friday unveiling and recorded it. Marano has been dubbed a “right-wing darling in Japan” by Reuters. He, like many in Japan’s political conservative movement, believe “comfort women” were willing prostitutes during WW II.

Grandma Kang’s story

Grandma Kang, 89, shared her story of being a sex slave by the Japanese military. In a published testimony she said she was abducted from her home in South Korea when she was 14 and shipped to China on a train with numerous other young girls.

She was unable to move back home after the war ended in 1945 and lived most of her live in China before moving back to Korea in 2000, according to the published testimony.

“Japanese rounded up many girls and took us to China,” Kang said through interpreter Phyllis Kim of the Korean American Forum of California. “I was not able to come back to Korea. I didn’t have means to come back to Korea after the war. Even when I was living in China, I wanted to let people know about this historical issue and what happened to me during the war.”

There are currently 38 living “comfort women” and many, including Kang, live in the “House of Sharing” in Seoul, South Korea.

The unveiling of the “comfort women” memorial – the first one located in Georgia and in the Deep South – is to remember a dark time in world history but also to raise awareness of human sexual trafficking that continues today in metro Atlanta and globally, said Mayor Ernst.

“It’s not all about the past. It is about the future. And that’s what these monuments are about,” said Ernst, who noted that as a history major from Emory he sees the importance of remembering the past to recognize present issues.

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst, far left, with Councilmembers John Park, Linley Jones and Joe Gebbia. (Dyana Bagby)

Councilmember John Park spearheaded the movement to bring the “comfort women” memorial to Brookhaven after the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta backed out of an agreement to do so earlier this year. He thanked Ernst and fellow council members Linley Jones, Joe Gebbia and Bates Mattison for accepting the statue.

When Park found out the memorial no longer had a home, he said, he was disappointed.

“Each of us in times of trouble or pain reflexively yearn for home,” he said. We think of our home in our minds, and in our hearts and, if possible, travel to the place where we feel safe, he said.

In addition to the tragedy of the enslavement and torture the “comfort women” endured during WW II was the fact that many of them could not return home – they either died or were killed, did not have the means to get back home or felt too much shame to return home even though they were the victims, Park said.

“Our culture should place the blame on the perpetrators and not the victims,” he said.

The statue itself faced many challenges in finding a home, Park added.

“But through the struggle to find a home, we are able to shine a brighter light on the tragedy of the past,” he said. “I say welcome to Brookhaven, welcome home.”

Baik Kyu Kim, founder of the Atlanta Comfort Women Task Force and who helped raise more than $1 million to donate the memorial to Brookhaven, said the women were “treated as sex slaves by the Japanese military.”

“This is not about Korea against Japan,” Kim added, saying that while many victims were from Korea, there were also many girls and women from some 13 Asian Pacific countries, including China, Thailand and the Philippines.

“Only by remembering and acknowledging the history can we move toward eradicating sexual violence and human trafficking in our communities both local and global,” Kim said.

Also speaking at the ceremony was Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols who serves as the statewide advisor for the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force and who works on eliminating human trafficking in the state.

“It takes courage to stand up against injustice and I salute you, Mister Mayor and this council, for the courage to place this monument in this park today,” Echols said. “This memorial is a gentle reminder that we need to protect the most innocent in our society.”

Korean artists Kim Seo-kyong and Kim Eun-sung produced the Brookhaven “comfort women memorial,” one of dozens they have made that are installed around the world as well as in California, Virginia and New Jersey. They traveled from Korea for the unveiling and through an interpreter said the statue is about trying to spread peace and love, not hatred.

 

Inscription for the memorial

This memorial honors the girls and women,

euphemistically called “Comfort Women,”

who were enslaved by the Japanese Imperial

Armed Forces from 1931 to 1945.

The Comfort Women constitute one of the largest

known cases of human trafficking in the 20th century

with estimates ranging up to the hundreds of thousands.

This dark history was hidden for decades until the 1990s,

when the survivors courageously broke their silence.

The Comfort Women are from at least thirteen

Asian-Pacific countries, principally from Korea.

Most died or were killed during World War II.

This memorial is dedicated to the memory of these girls

and women and to the crusade to eradicate sexual violence

and sex trafficking throughout the world.

We will never forget. We will teach the truth.

Presented to the City of Brookhaven for its leadership

in the fight against sex trafficking

From the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force

June 30, 2017

 

Symbolism of the memorial

GIRL- Represents the average age of 16 when most girls were abducted.

FACE- Expresses defiant, fearless resolve.

CROPPED HAIR- Symbolizes the girl being forcibly removed from her family.

CLENCHED FISTS- Represent the girl’s resolve to no longer be silent but to

tell the truth.

BARE FEET- Represents the girl’s inability to return home and find peace.

BIRD- Is a symbol of peace, freedom and liberation. The bird connects those

victims who returned to the sky and the ones who are still left on the ground.

EMPTY CHAIR- Gives visitors a chance to sit in the place of the comfort women

and think “What if it was me? What if it was my family member, my sister?”

SHADOW- Is of an older woman, symbolizing the long period of hardship

spent in silence.

BUTTERFLY- Represents the girl’s wish for rebirth.

Source: City of Brookhaven unveiling program

 

 

 

41 Responses to ‘Comfort women’ memorial unveiled in Brookhaven park; may move soon

  1. son k

    June 30, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    >Kim added, saying that while many victims were from Korea, there were also many girls and women from some 13 Asian Pacific countries, including China, Thailand and the Philippines.

    Why are there no mention of Japanese people?
    Most of the women engaged in the Japanese army are Japanese.

  2. Yoshio Haraguchi

    June 30, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Day of deception and hypocrisy. Day of injustice.

  3. Yoshio Haraguchi

    June 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    The inscription says terrible lies;
    “who were enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces”
    “up to the hundreds of thousands”
    “Most died or were killed during World War II.”

    • Kyoko A.

      July 2, 2017 at 1:49 am

      Why do you think it’s lies? Show me your resources and evidence that this never happened.

      • MOMO1333

        July 2, 2017 at 10:29 am

        +Kyoko A.
        That is what we called “probatio diabolica” or “devil’s proof”.
        Because there is no evidence.

        But you know, this is true with evidence.

        Some of them were
        “enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces”
        “died or were killed during World War II.”

        And

        “were professional paid prostitutes”
        “were trafficked by Korean crime syndicates”
        “were sold by their parents due to poverty”
        “were killed by American bombs in the base”

      • Yoshio Haraguchi

        July 2, 2017 at 11:31 am

        That’s the question I want to ask you. What primary sources prove the sex-slaves, hundreds of thousands of comfort women, massacre (disappearance) of most of hundreds of thousands of them?
        If there is no proof by primary sources, it should be concluded that those did’nt happen.

      • Mick

        July 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm

        Kyoko, that’s a Devil’s Proof. There is no evidence that denies the devil’s existence; therefore, one cannot deny the devil’s existence.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probatio_diabolica

        We have to prove what happened.

      • Barbara H

        July 3, 2017 at 6:33 am

        Hello Kyoko,
        It is important to understand that in the American justice system you are innocent until proven guilty. It is not up to the accused to prove he or she did not commit the crime; it is up to the accuser to show proof the accused committed the crime.

        So if you are going to accuse the Japanese military of kidnapping hundreds of thousands of women, you have to provide evidence. And if you are going to claim most died or were killed during WW2, you must provide evidence of that too.

        There is no evidence that the Japanese military kidnapped and coerced the comfort woman to work in brothels. Yes, some of the former comfort women have claimed they were abducted by the Japanese military, but this was only after they were coached by Chong Dae Hyup activists and lawyers in the early 1990’s. The women’s original testimony before they were coached said nothing about being abducted. On example, Ms. Lee Yong-su claims the Japanese Army dragged her from her bed. But the story she told a Korean scholar was that she sneaked out of her house to join a girlfriend to meet with the brothel recruiter. She went without telling her mother. The recruiter gave her a pretty dress and some shoes and she was delighted.

  4. MOMO1333

    June 30, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Why shouldn’t comfort women during Korean War and Vietnam War be remembered and honored? Hundreds of thousands of them were killed or raped brutally and trafficked by Korean soldiers. Why doesn’t the inscription mention it?

    There are still many surviving victims from Korean War. They are suffering now without any apology and compensations.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-usa-military-idUSKBN0FG0VV20140711

    If you have an ounce of conscience, you should save them. Do not make a sacrifice of them so as to justify Korean atrocity in Korea War, Vietnam War.

  5. Yosh T

    July 1, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Korean people ‘s argument against the evidence that women were elegant living.
    “A was a slave who could only make one million dollar deposits in two and a half years” (with deposit certificate)
    “B could only buy two large houses” (woman’s testimony)
    “C was unable to buy only one large diamond for himself.” (Woman’s testimony.C was transferring the majority of salary to the Korean family)

    Diary of Korean worker at comfort women station.
    “Women were enjoying movies and picnics.”
    “By chores requested from women, they gave me money.”

    • Kyoko A.

      July 2, 2017 at 1:46 am

      show me ur evidence and proof

      • Mick

        July 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        Report No. 49: Japanese Prisoners of War
        Interrogation on Prostitution
        http://www.exordio.com/1939-1945/codex/Documentos/report-49-USA-orig.html
        “While in Burma they amused themselves by participating in sports events with both officers and men, and attended picnics, entertainments, and social dinners. They had a phonograph and in the towns they were allowed to go shopping.”

        Ex-comfort woman Mun Och-ju testimonies
        https://www.facebook.com/groups/CWnotSS/1681647502060886/
        “I thought I had better have a jewel and went and bought a diamond.”

      • cklein

        July 2, 2017 at 5:41 pm

        UNITED STATES OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION Psychological Warfare Team Attached to U.S. Army Forces India-Burma Theater APO 689 (Date of Report: October 1, 1944″)

        http://www.exordio.com/1939-1945/codex/Documentos/report-49-USA-orig.html

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Comfort_women/Archive_2

      • Yoshi

        July 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm

        Here is another proof (U.S. National Archives)

        The US Official Records: Korean PoW’s testimony on Korean “Comfort women” in 1945

        “18. All Korean prostitutes that PoW have seen in the Pacific were volunteers or had been sold by their parents into prostitution. This is proper in the Korean way of thinking but direct conscription of women by the Japanese wold be an outrage that the old and young alike would not tolerate. Men would rise up in a rage, killing Japanese no matter what consequences they might suffer.”

        https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2016/06/10/20160610p2a00m0na015000q/0.pdf

      • Yoshi

        July 6, 2017 at 4:17 pm

        Former Korean Comfort Woman Mun Oku-chu’s Memoir

        Myself as a comfort woman for Tate Division deployed in Burma” by Mun Oku-chu

        (In Mandalay, Burma)
        Page 63
        The soldiers and we had the same thoughts, that is, we must work hard for our emperor. The soldiers gave up their wives, children and their own lives. Knowing how they felt, I did my best to solace them by having conversation with them.

        Page 68
        I prayed for safety of Ichiro Yamada. After two or three of months, the troop unit to which Yamada belonged returned from the front. Yamada returned in good health. He immediately came to the comfort station. He said “I, private first class soldier Yamada, have just come back from the front.” Yamada gave a salute to me. We hugged in full of joy. Such a day was so special that the comfort station owner Matsumoto (a Korean from Daegu) closed business for the day. The comfort station was full of excitement, and we, comfort women, contributed 1 yen per woman to hold a big party for them.

        Page 75
        I saved a considerable amount of money from tips. So I asked a clerical staff whether or not I could have a saving account and put the money in the account. His reply was positive. I knew that all the soldiers put their earnings in the saving accounts in the field post office, so I decided to put my money in the saving account. I asked a soldier to make a personal seal and put 500 yen in the account. I got my savings passbook and found 500 yen written on the passbook. I became the owner of the savings passbook for the first time in my life. I worked in Daegu as a nanny and a street seller from the childhood but I remained poor no matter how hard I worked. I could not believe that I could have so much money in my saving account. A house in Daegu cost 1,000 yen at the time. I could let my mother have an easy life. I felt very happy and proud. The savings passbook became my treasure.

        Page 98
        Ichiro Yamada came to see me once a week and I was in a great mood on that day from the morning. But if he did not show up on his once a week holiday, I became so worried wondering if he was killed by the enemy that I could not work properly. He made me worry so much.

        (In Rangoon, Burma)
        Page 106~107
        I was able to have more freedom in Rangoon than before. Of course, not completely free but I could go out once a week or twice a month with permission from the Korean owner. It was fun to go shopping by rickshaw. I can’t forget the experience of shopping in a market in Rangoon. There were lots of jewelry shops because many jewels were produced in Burma, and ruby and jade were not expensive. One of my friends collected many jewels. I thought I should have a jewel myself, so I went and bought a diamond.

        Page 107
        I often went to see Japanese movies and Kabuki plays in which players came from the mainland Japan. I enjoyed watching players change costumes many times and male players portray women’s roles. I became a popular woman in Rangoon. There were a lot more officers in Rangoon than near the frontlines, so I was invited to many parties. I sang songs at parties and received lots of tips.

        (In Saigon, Vietnam)
        Page 115~118
        It was finally time to return home. I went to Saigon via Thailand. The ship was to depart from Saigon. Then Tsubame said “I had a nightmare in the morning about my mother vomiting blood. I am afraid that something unlucky will happen, so I will not return to Korea.” Hiroko, Kifa and Hifumi agreed with Tsubame saying “We will not go back to Korea, either.”

        Page 120
        When I went to a cabaret where Japanese military men hung out, navy pilots were there. Some of them asked me “Why are you still here?” I replied “I am still here because I don’t want to go home. I want to go back to Rangoon.”

        Page 121
        I put on a pair of high heels, a green coat and carried an alligator leather handbag. I swaggered about in a fashionable dress. No one could guess that I was a comfort woman. I felt so happy and proud.

        (Back In Rangoon)
        Page 123
        A military man came on a bicycle and asked me “Hi Yoshiko, can you ride a bicycle?” I replied “No, I can’t.” He asked “Would you like to learn how to ride?” I learned with pleasure. I rode it smoothly through the town of Rangoon. I didn’t see any other women on bicycles. People on the street looked back at me. It was fun for me to go to the town of Rangoon. I talked with people in Burmese, Japanese and Korean. I had no difficulty communicating when I shopped.

        Page 126
        I killed a non-commissioned officer who was drunk and held the sword against me. I won acquittal as legitimate self-defense, and many military men were pleased with that court decision.

        Page 137
        I withdrew 5,000 yen from my saving account and sent it to my mother.
        :

        http://scholarsinenglish.blogspot.jp/2014/10/former-korean-comfort-woman-mun-oku.html

  6. Bright Ideas

    July 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Should the statue be relocated to the Pink Pony parking lot? Since Brookhaven is so committed to ending sex trafficking.

  7. Kevin

    July 1, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    It should be in Japan!
    And/or Korea.
    Not Brookhaven Ga.
    I don’t want to go to a public park and see a memorial that makes me feel bad about things that other countries have done.
    Maybe if our schools did a better job of teaching actual history we wouldn’t feel the need for this type of apologetic symbolism for things we did not do.
    It makes it appear that we Americans have a place of blame for something the Japanese did. Ask the Chinese what they remember from Japanese history?
    It may have been a noble thought but it does not belong here.

  8. H.S. Kim

    July 1, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    As a Korean historian I can assure you that the inscription for the memorial doesn’t represent the truth at all.

    In the comment sections of the previous articles I made the author of this article Dyana Bagby and the Korean activists aware with primary sources that women were not the sex slaves of the Japanese military.

    One of the Korean activsts Jon Park even admitted that the Korean women were the sex slaves of the Korean comfort station operators.

    It is unfortunate that the Korean activists and Dyana Bagby have no respect for the truth. Shame on them.

  9. Honor

    July 1, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Thank you Brookhaven!

  10. RcKl

    July 1, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    I’m proposing Brookhaven City to correct the inscription of the statue.

    Now, the statue became the property of Brookhaven City.
    The inscription insists that most of hundreds of thousands of comfort women died or were killed during World War II.
    If the inscription were true, it would mean that many of the former Japanese soldiers had joined the atrocity.
    While handling such a sensitive matter, Brookhaven City didn’t disclose the objective/verifiable basis of the inscription.

    It’s really an irony with this unjust charge, Brookhaven City is violating the human rights of late Japanese soldiers and living Japanese citizens, those descendants.
    In my idea, Brookhaven City is to correct the inscription or publicly disclose its objective basis.

    It is supposed many U.S. citizens believe the Koreans’ assertion regarding the past fact of the “comfort women” issue.
    However I hope readers to examine those with their own heads not in an emotional/authoritarian manner but in a primary-material based manner.

    —- The dispute is about what actually happened in the past.

    Koreans – Insist large scale national criminality. But no objective primary materials. The assertion has contradiction.

    Japanese – Insist rare criminality by lawless soldiers. Generally, they worked on legitimate business deal.

    —- What is “not” in dispute

    – “Comfort women” institution was, sort of, the one to manage brothel-business that the Japanese government was involved in permit/transportation/medical-checkup.
    – Many comfort women existed.

    —- What is in dispute

    Koreans
    – “Comfort women” institution was also the one to systematically commit the inhumane criminality.
    – In principle, the women were victims of human trafficking.
    – Forcibly removed from their families. Most died or were killed in the war time.

    Japanese
    – In principle, legitimate wage workers.
    – There might be women to take the job against their will due to the poverty or to support their families.
    – Rarely victims by lawless soldiers or lawless civilian brokers/brothel-managers.

    —- Examining the primary materials

    Examining Korean victims’ cases preferentially because they insist many of victims were Koreans.

    Koreans
    – Testimony of the victims’ personal experience. They weren’t in the position to know the “national-will to commit the criminality”.
    – No objectively identified criminal incidents. (time, location, victims, perpetrators)
    – “Most died or were killed”. But even one name of the killed/disappeared were never disclosed. That’s fatal contradiction. ( It’s far different from the cases of the U.S. soldiers’ massacres of Vietnamese citizens that some incidents were identified.)

    Japanese
    – In principle, legitimate wage workers. for example, official documents describe the rules that how much of the brothel fee should be paid to the women ( the U.S. official documents, Research Report No.120, ATIS, p.10 , https://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/bitstream/1808/19803/1/ksrl_ua_pp558.1.24.pdf )
    – The police cracked down lawless brokers that gathered women by abduction/deception. ( newspapers in the war time reported. http://scholarsinenglish.blogspot.jp/2014/10/korean-newspaper-articles-from-1930s.html )
    – Japan’s full-scale fact-finding study of Japan’s and the US’s official documents found no evidence of the Koreans’ assertion. http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CEDAW%2fC%2fJPN%2fQ%2f7-8%2fAdd.1&Lang=en
    – It might be thought that some evil brokers escaped the crackdown and abducted women or bought women from their parents.
    – There were rare inhumane criminality by lawless soldiers. Japanese government acknowledged those and apologized.

    —- Catch in the Koreans’ assertion

    – They sometimes say “Understand a big picture”, and cite only the second source such as what historians/UN/congress/politicians said. That seems to be an authoritarian manner because a big picture should consist of the concrete affairs.
    – They don’t show/cite the primary materials.
    – They don’t answer to the contradiction that no names of killed/disappeared were known.

    Before the Iraqi war, Bush said “Iraq has WMD. We have the clear evidence”. It is supposed many U.S. citizens had believed that without confirming its primary materials.
    Now, how do you consider the “comfort women” issue ?

    Regards.

  11. Kazu

    July 2, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Inscription says “Most died or were killed during World War II.” – Not murdered by Japanese Army.
    Gordon Thomas was a prisoner of war at Rabaul. Andrzej Kozlowski of the University of Warsaw writes about his diary and the following is a quote from his paper “Settled history? “.
    One is the fact that Thomas has no doubt that the women were going home and taking with them substantia savings. In fact, all the comfort women were evacuated in late 1943, when it became already clear that the Japanese were losing the war and Rabaul was subject to increasingly heavy aerial bombardment. Why should the Japanese have done that if they thought of these women as merely sex slaves for their troops, who were being left behind?
    Thomas describes the women leaving Rabaul: amid a flourish of cheers and waving as they sped through the streets, seated on top of their beds and baggage. They were the last remaining splash of colour in a town of dark drab grey and green landscape and uniformed humanity.
    Cheering these women in public, in full view of prisoners of war, seems like a far cry from murdering them to “cover up the operation.”

    “The massacre of comfort women in Micronesia” which appears in George Hicks’ book is also presumed as a fiction. Hicks’ book is without citation footnotes and rated as rather distorted and with rudimentary mistake. It is said to be largely based on Seiji Yoshida’s fabricated story.

  12. K. Hosoya

    July 2, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Dear Ms. Dyana Bagby

    Thank you for your reports.

    We await for your follow-up report on this issue, whether the neighbors will file in a court?

  13. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 2, 2017 at 7:45 am

    >MOMO1333

    >Why shouldn’t comfort women during Korean War and Vietnam War be remembered and honored?

    Add to your list countless number of Korean girls called “貢女 (gift girls)” Korean aristocrats contributed to Ming and Qing Dynasties for concubines for a period of over 500 years as the vassal state of China.

  14. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Grandma Kang Il-chul …… I once saw her at a “testimony meeting” held in Tokyo in 2013. The interpreter had a great difficulty to translate what she said at the meeting. Clearly, she could not construct a sentence she was trying to say. I am indignant that the Korean anti-Japan activists are still using this senile old lady as a crowd-puller. She doesn’t know what she is doing……driving a wedge into the relationship between Japan and South Korea for the next generations to come.

    As far as I know, there are two written testimonies about her, and I tried to translate and analyze them as follows (although incoherence of the “testimony” made me partly unable to translate).
    http://www.howitzer.jp/korea/page25.html

    • Honor

      July 2, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Now you are criticizing a Comfort Woman survivor? Have you no shame? Please stop attacking the victims. No one is attacking the Japanese. However, your accusations and false claims bring dishonor to you. Take your hatred elsewhere.

      • MOMO1333

        July 3, 2017 at 11:33 am

        We all don’t want to criticize or attack former Comfort Women survivors.

        This is also the reason why Japan negotiated agreement with S.Korea in 2015.

        If we discuss about true history in deep, some stories may hurt survivors. We already know that some of them told obvious lies. (Mismatch of ages, non exist base, their stories changed every lecture meeting)
        But we can understand that everyone have their own secret don’t want to tell anyone.

        But it is you! you have created many anti-japan symbols all over the world and use survivors as political tool. You spread lies, distort history and defame Japan.

        We have to fight for our own justice. You made us criticize the lies of survivors.

        !!! Do not use innocent victims as human shields for your own belief or politics !!!

      • Mick

        July 3, 2017 at 6:53 pm

        Grandma Kang Il-chul is saying in the video below, “The Japanese government turned the Korean Peninsula into a sea of fire, then they whisked me away to China.” (January 26, 2016)
        http://mainichi.jp/movie/video/?id=116909844

        Japan didn’t wage war against Korea because Korea was a part of the Empire of Japan at that time, and the Korean Peninsula was not a battlefield throughout WWII. Her dementia has been progressing. Despite that, ex-comfort women’s support organizations always grab and drag her in the presence of television cameras. The activists don’t care for the health of the ex-comfort women. Poor Kang Il-chul.

      • Anonymous

        July 15, 2017 at 5:09 pm

        Japan issued an apology in 1993 and a government investigation concluded many women were taken against their will and “lived in misery under a coercive atmosphere.” A fund set up in 1995 paid nearly 5 billion yen ($44 million) for medical and welfare projects for more than 280 of the women, including 61 South Koreans. Many victims in that country rejected the fund money under their powerful support group’s stance to keep seeking further official apologies. Japan maintains all its wartime compensation issues with South Korea have been settled by a 1965 treaty.

        WHAT MORE DOES YOUR COUNTRY NEED?

        Can we all not clearly see this is nothing more than a campaign of KOREAN HATRED?

  15. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I just don’t quite understand why the people of Brookhaven applaud the unveiling of the statue. If the girl statue is really the symbol of “forcible mobilization of 200,000 women and girls and their eventual death by murder” as Kelly Ahn presented before the city councilmembers, this is nothing to applaud by clapping hands and rejoicing with smiles.

    It should have been something you mourn about or express inner sorrowful feelings.

    In every August we Japanese mourn about dead soldiers and civilians in peaceful ceremonies in Tokyo, Hiroshima and elsewhere. Paper lanterns are tossed into rivers to float for commemoration of the dead people and we pray for the souls so they are in heaven.

    Maybe, Americans have different values from those of Buddhists like me, or as one Korean anti-Japan activist said, they enjoy the success of “slapping Japan’s face using American hands.”

  16. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 3, 2017 at 3:58 am

    If 200,000 women and girls were “eventually killed” as Kelly Ahn said in the city council, the massacre of such magnitude cannot be overlooked. However, NO such mass murders had been brought before the B/C-class trials held in various locations in the Pacific or Tokyo trials. The 2007 IWG Report, which searched through all remaining US official documents in the US Archive, indicated NO such mass murders.

    You can say, “Easter Bunny killed Osama Bin-Laden.” However you cannot say “Your fathers killed 200,000 women” without showing any hard evidence.

  17. MOMO1333

    July 5, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Today Chinese newspaper said “Su estimated that some 400,000 women in Asia were forced to serve as ‘comfort women’ during Second World War, nearly half of whom were Chinese”
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/05/c_136419954.htm

    Statue’s inscription describes “principally from Korea” Which is accurate????

    They create history, events, number whatever they want. Because there is no evidence.

    I believe in justice in the Untied States.
    I beg to remove false statues for human rights.

  18. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 5, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Chinese authorities killed many innocent Falung Gong practitioners in order sell their organs to international black market. This organ harvest is still going on in China.

    If you are so ardent on human rights issues, this organ harvest should have the first priority.

    I ask Americans which side you are with. Are you sided with the Chinese Communist Dictatorship & North Korean spies or free democracies? Japan is ready to assume the role of the citadel of the free democracies in the Far East. But you Americans are bashing and insulting our beloved nation Japan taking every chance you have.

    Wake up and answer me.

  19. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I added to my website an article which describes the fact that S. Korean Army had used Vietnamese Comfort Women during the Vietnam War. Put it into the inscription.

    http://www.howitzer.jp/korea/page61.html

  20. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 7, 2017 at 1:39 am

    >MOMO1333

    >I believe in justice in the Untied States.

    I don’t.

  21. SKMONKEY

    July 7, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    The work of the Chinese of Koreans who does not even exist human rights and the Americans This is Hate Climb and the Risysto to the Japanese People understand this by this change It is impossible for the discrimination to decline sharply in the United States

  22. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 9, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    About the inscription of the Peace Monument in Brookhaven, there is one thing that came to my note.

    Compared to that of Glendale, CA, a wording of “Most died or were killed during World War II” was newly added to the inscription. See this:
    http://www.howitzer.jp/korea/page62.html

    Was there any new discovery in the history of comfort women achieved by the Atlanta Comfort Women Task Force during the last 4 years or they are just inflating their claim?

    It seems that Chinese are putting zeros on the number of victims and Koreans are good at distorting history.

  23. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 10, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Americans have a bad hobby of bashing other peoples with little knowledge of the subject matter.

    When US House of Reps passed Resolution 121 that criticized Comfort Women in 2007, they also adopted a resolution that vehemently criticized the Armenian Massacre by Turks.

    Turks got angry and refused to provide military bases for the US Army. Therefore, The US Army had to attack ISIS only from the South. Had Turks provided a military base, the US Army could have inflicted two-frontal war on ISIS.

    I don’t know much about the Armenian Massacre and its meaning in today’s world. But, my initial study revealed that the Armenian Massacre had occurred at the closing days of the Ottoman Empire, more than 140 years ago. What a farce! Ottoman Turks are not Turks today!

    I couldn’t believe that Americans were bashing their important ally with historical events that had happened more than 140 years ago, jeopardizing military operations now going on in the Middle East, making their own soldiers to bear unnecessary burden of war.

    Before making America great again, you have to make sure that you are not part of the Planet of Apes.

    • Anonymous

      July 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Moguro,

      I am a born and raised, full blooded Southern man and I, sir, fully support the Japanese community and would like to apologize for my ignorant countrymen.

      America will never be great again because we have too many backward thinking citizens voting in fascist politicians that are loyal to the highest bidder.

      John Arthur Ernst Jr. is exactly that and he has just proven this by allowing the placing of this hypocritical statue.

  24. Anonymous

    July 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    What happens when we bring our children to this park and say hey what is that?

    Well, kids, this is a statue of a prostitute and a symbol of the never-ending hatred and jealousy that the Koreans have over the Japanese

    We can’t even tell our children the truth because they are innocent. Have some respect for others and stop so low class.

  25. Anonymous

    July 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I urge everyone that is against the placing of this statue and any other of its kind to stand up against this evil that is spreading on our soil.

    We have to stop it from polluting the minds of Americans, and the rest of the world for that matter, with false historical claims and flat out lies that insult and oppress the Japanese.

    RING RING, HELLO? JUST CALLING TO LET YOU KNOW THE WAR IS OVER AND WAS 77 YEARS AGO