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John Ruch Posted by on July 5, 2017.

‘Comfort women’ memorial will move to another Brookhaven park

Brookhaven’s controversial “comfort women” memorial will be moved to another park, the city announced July 5, less than a week after the statue’s unveiling in Blackburn Park II. The decision follows threats of lawsuits by park neighbors over lack of input in the memorial’s placement.

Installed in a small park known as Blackburn Park II, the memorial will be moved to the main Blackburn Park at 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Road “within the next few weeks,” according to a city press release. The press release does not say when the move will happen; exactly where in the park the memorial will be placed; or why Blackburn Park II was chosen to begin with.

Jeff Beal and Cindy “Rodeo” Steedle take a look at the “comfort women” memorial in its soon to be former home at Blackburn Park II on July 2. (Dyana Bagby)

City officials had already decided to move the memorial before its June 30 unveiling, a source previously told the Reporter, though officials at the ceremony made no mention of the move and declined to comment at the time. Joint press releases from the city and the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force, which commissioned the statue, describe the move as due to the memorial deserving a more prominent and accessible place, without mentioning the lawsuit threats. They also say the smaller Blackburn Park II has received increased traffic and visitors since the memorial’s installation.

“The new venue will better accommodate those who wish to visit the statue,” said Mayor John Ernst in one press release. “The primary Blackburn Park offers greater space, more parking and increased accessibility for what will surely become a landmark in our city.”

Those comments were in contrast to ones that Ernst made in a June 14 email to Blackburn Park II neighbors who complained about the memorial’s installation. Ernst said the placement “was largely driven by the number of seniors living in the immediate area, the limited park amenities at Blackburn Park II, and relative flat topography of the park… We did consider other city parks, but Backburn Park II was the clear choice.”

“We applaud the city of Brookhaven’s decision to help bring greater awareness to the Comfort Women tragedy through the more prominent placement of the Young Girl’s Statue for Peace,” said Task Force chair Baik Kyu Kim in a press release, referring to the memorial’s official title.

The statue, depicting a girl seated next to an empty chair, is intended to honor the so-called comfort women who were sexually trafficked by the Japanese military during World War II. It is identical to several similar statues installed around the world as part of a cultural and political dispute between South Korea and Japan over “comfort women” history and responsibility.

An Atlanta version of the memorial began in controversy earlier this year, when the National Center for Civil and Human Rights downtown backed out of a previous acceptance of the statue, which was to be placed on its grounds near Centennial Olympic Park.

Brookhaven then agreed to take the statue, citing its relationship to the city’s battle against today’s sex trafficking. The city also has a significant Korean American population and City Councilmember John Park, an advocate of the memorial, was born in South Korea.

However, there was little public input on the acceptance and placement of the memorial. The City Council publicly voted to accept the statue, but workers had already started installing its base in Blackburn Park II on Blair Circle days earlier.

The city was unaware that a private association pays for that park’s maintenance under an old agreement. One of the association’s member groups, the Reserve at Brookleigh Community Association, threatened to sue over the memorial’s secret placement, saying the statue affects the park’s use and brings a political controversy to the neighborhood.

The memorial has triggered other controversies as well, with Dunwoody state Rep. Tom Taylor objecting to its potential impacts on local Japanese business. And Japan’s consul general in Atlanta sparked international outrage with his comments in a Reporter interview about the “comfort women” being voluntary prostitutes, not sexual slaves.

However, the memorial drew an enthusiastic, applauding crowd of over 100 at its unveiling, and recent visitors have said they appreciated its meaning.

“I love the empty chair beside it that lets you sit there and ponder your own questions and thoughts,” said one visitor, Jeff Beal, on July 2. “I love what it symbolizes and the support we need to give girls and women.

–Dyana Bagby contributed

26 Responses to ‘Comfort women’ memorial will move to another Brookhaven park

  1. Frank Z.

    July 5, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Moving such a heavy statue is not free of course.
    We are curious who is bearing the cost.
    The taxpayers?

  2. Peter

    July 5, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    This is a great move. More people can learn about the Comfort Women history at the more popular Blackburn Park location. Looking forward to paying my respects.

    • MOMO1333

      July 7, 2017 at 9:47 am

      People learn nothing from false history. And the symbol of hatred produces more hatred only.

      Do you want to see such a mess in the center of park?
      * (Anti-Japan demo) up.gc-img.net/post_img/2015/11/QXLpOYDTdPkyUuR_IQoCv_361.jpeg

    • SickOfIt

      July 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Every citizen of City of Brookhaven should also read this US officialrecord. You will know the “comfort women” were nothing more than prostitutes or professional camp followers.

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

      UNITED STATES OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION Psychological Warfare Team Attached to U.S. Army Forces India-Burma Theater APO 689
      Japanese Prisoner Place interrogated: Ledo Stockade of War Interrogation Date interrogated: Aug. 20 – Sept. 10, 1944 Report No. 49. Date of Report: October 1, 1944 By: T/3 Alex Yorichi ____________________________________________________________________________
      Prisoners : 20 Korean Comfort Girls Date of Capture : August 10, 1944 Date of Arrival : August 15, 1994 at Stockade ____________________________________________________________________________ PREFACE; This report is based on the information obtained from the interrogation of twenty Korean “comfort girls” and two Japanese civilians captured around the tenth of August, 1944 in the mopping up operations after the fall of Myitkyina in Burma. The report shows how the Japanese recruited these Korean “comfort girls”, the conditions under which they lived and worked, their relations with and reaction to the Japanese soldier, and their understanding of the military situation. A “comfort girl” is nothing more than a prostitute or “professional camp follower” attached to the Japanese Army for the benefit of the soldiers. The word “comfort girl” is peculiar to the Japanese. Other reports show the “comfort girls” have been found wherever it was necessary for the Japanese Army to fight. This report however deals only with the Korean “comfort girls” recruited by the Japanese and attached to their Army in Burma. The Japanese are reported to have shipped some 703 of these girls to Burma in 1942. RECRUITING; Early in May of 1942 Japanese agents arrived in Korea for the purpose of enlisting Korean girls for “comfort service” in newly conquered Japanese territories in Southeast Asia. The nature of this “service” was not specified but it was assumed to be work connected with visiting the wounded in hospitals, rolling bandages, and generally making the soldiers happy. The inducement used by these agents was plenty of money, an opportunity to pay off the family debts, easy work, and the prospect of a new life in a new land, Singapore. On the basis of these false representations many girls enlisted for overseas duty and were rewarded with an advance of a few hundred yen. The majority of the girls were ignorant and uneducated, although a few had been connected with “oldest profession on earth” before. The contract they signed bound them to Army regulations and to work for the “house master” for a period of from six months to a year depending on the family debt for which they were advanced. Approximately 800 of these girls were recruited in this manner and they landed with their Japanese “house master” at Rangoon around August 20th, 1942. They came in groups of from eight to twenty-two. From here they were distributed to various parts of Burma, usually to fair sized towns near Japanese Army camps.
      Eventually four of these units reached the Myitkyina vicinity. They were, Kyoei, Kinsui, Bakushinro, and Momoya. The Kyoei house was called the “Maruyama Club”, but was changed when the girls reached Myitkyina as Col. Maruyama, commander of the garrison at Myitkyina, objected to the similarity to his name. PERSONALITY; The interrogations show the average Korean “comfort girl” to be about twenty five years old, uneducated, childish, whimsical and selfish. She is not pretty either by Japanese of Caucasian standards. She is inclined to be egotistical and likes to talk about herself. Her attitude in front of strangers is quiet and demure, but she “knows the wiles of a woman.” She claims to dislike her “profession” and would rather not talk either about it or her family. Because of the kind treatment she received as a prisoner from American soldiers at Myitkyina and Ledo, she feels that they are more emotional than Japanese soldiers. She is afraid of Chinese and Indian troops. LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS; In Myitkyina the girls were usually quartered in a large two story house (usually a school building) with a separate room for each girl. There each girl lived, slept, and transacted business. In Myitkyina their food was prepared by and purchased from the “house master” as they received no regular ration from the Japanese Army. They lived in near-luxury in Burma in comparison to other places. This was especially true of their second year in Burma. They lived well because their food and material was not heavily rationed and they had plenty of money with which to purchase desired articles. They were able to buy cloth, shoes, cigarettes, and cosmetics to supplement the many gifts given to them by soldiers who had received “comfort bags” from home. 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 phono-graph; and in the towns they were allowed to go shopping. PRICE SYSTEM; The conditions under which they transacted business were regulated by the Army, and in congested areas regulations were strictly enforced. The Army found it necessary in congested areas to install a system of prices, priorities, and schedules for the various units operating in a particular areas. According to interrogations the average system was as follows; 1. Soldiers 10 AM to 5 PM 1.50 yen 20 to 30 minutes 2. NCOs 5 PM to 9 PM 3.00 yen 30 to 40 minutes 3. Officers 9 PM to 12 PM 5.00 yen 30 to 40 minutes These were average prices in Central Burma. Officers were allowed to stay overnight for twenty yen. In Myitkyina Col. Maruyama slashed the prices to almost one-half of the average price. SCHEDULES ; The soldiers often complained about congestion in the houses. On many occasions theywere not served and had to leave as the army was very strict about overstaying. In order to overcome this problem the Army set aside certain days for certain units. Usually two men from the unit for the day were stationed at the house to identify soldiers. A roving MP was also on hand to keep order. Following is the schedule used by the “Kyoei” house for the various
      units of the 18th Division while at Maymyo; Sunday ———–18th Div. Hdqs. Staff Monday ———-Cavalry Tuesday ———-Engineers Wednesday —– Day off and weekly physical exam. Thursday ——–Medics Friday ————Mountain artillery Saturday ———Transport
      Officers were allowed to come seven nights a week. The girls complained that even with the schedule congestion was so great that they could not care for all guests, thus causing ill feeling among many of the soldiers. Soldiers would come to the house, pay the price and get tickets of cardboard about two inches square with the price on the left side and the name of the house on the other side. Each soldier’s identity or rank was then established after which he “took his turn in line”. The girls were allowed the prerogative of refusing a customer. This was often done if the person were too drunk. PAY AND LIVING CONDITIONS; The “house master” received fifty to sixty per cent of the girls’ gross earnings depending on how much of a debt each girl had incurred when she signed her contract. This meant that in an average month a girl would gross about fifteen hundred yen. She turned over seven hundred and fifty to the “master”. Many “masters” made life very difficult for the girls by charging them high prices for food and other articles. In the latter part of 1943 the Army issued orders that certain girls who had paid their debt could return home. Some of the girls were thus allowed to return to Korea. The interrogations further show that the health of these girls was good. They were well supplied with all types of contraceptives, and often soldiers would bring their own which had been supplied by the army. They were well trained in looking after both themselves and customers in the matter of hygiene. A regular Japanese Army doctor visited the houses once a week and any girl found diseased was given treatment, secluded, and eventually sent to a hospital. This same procedure was carried on within the ranks of the Army itself, but it is interesting to note that a soldier did not lose pay during the period he was confined. REACTIONS TO JAPANESE SOLDIERS; In their relations with the Japanese officers and men only two names of any consequence came out of interrogations. They were those of Col. Maruyama, commander of the garrison at Myitkyina and Maj. Gen. Mizukami, who brought in reinforcements. The two were exact opposites. The former was hard, selfish and repulsive with no consideration for his men; the latter a good, kind man and a fine soldier, with the utmost consideration for those who worked under him. The Colonel was a constant habitue of the houses while the General was never known to have visited them. With the fall of Myitkyina, Col. Maruyama supposedly deserted while Gen. Mizukami committed suicide because he could not evacuate the men. SOLDIERS’ REACTIONS; The average Japanese soldier is embarrassed about being seen in a “comfort house” according to one of the girls who said, “when the place is packed he is apt to be ashamedif he has to wait in line for his turn”. However there were numerous instances of proposals of marriage and in certain cases marriages actually took place. All the girls agreed that the worst officers and men who came to see them were those who were drunk and leaving for the front the following day. But all likewise agreed that even though very drunk the Japanese soldier never discussed military matters or secrets with them. Though the girls might start the conversation about some military matter the officer or enlisted man would not talk, but would in fact “scold us for discussing such un-lady like subjects. Even Col. Maruyama when drunk would never discuss such matters.” The soldiers would often express how much they enjoyed receiving magazines, letters and newspapers from home. They also mentioned the receipt of “comfort bags” filled with canned goods, magazines, soap, handkerchiefs, toothbrush, miniature doll, lipstick, and wooden clogs. The lipstick and clogs were definitely feminine and the girls couldn’t understand why the people at home were sending such articles. They speculated that the sender could only have had themselves or the “native girls” in mind. REACTION TO THE MILITARY SITUATION;
      It appears that they knew very little about the military situation around Myitkyina even up to and including the time of their retreat and capture. There is however some information worth noting:
      “In the initial attack on Myitkyina and the airstrip about two hundred Japanese died in battle, leaving about two hundred to defend the town. Ammunition was very low. “Col. Maruyama dispersed his men. During the following days the enemy were shooting haphazardly everywhere. It was a waste since they didn’t seem to aim at any particular thing. The Japanese soldiers on the other hand had orders to fire one shot at a time and only when they were sure of a hit.” Before the enemy attacked on the west airstrip, soldiers stationed around Myitkyina were dispatched elsewhere, to stem the Allied attack in the North and West. About four hundred men were left behind, largely from the 114th Regiment. Evidently Col. Maruyama did not expect the town to be attacked. Later Maj. Gen. Mizukami of the 56th Division brought in reinforcements of more than two regiments but these were unable to hold the town. It was the consensus among the girls that Allied bombings were intense and frightening and because of them they spent most of their last days in foxholes. One or two even carried on work there. The comfort houses were bombed and several of the girls were wounded and killed. RETREAT AND CAPTURE;
      The story of the retreat and final capture of the “comfort girls” is somewhat vague and confused in their own minds. From various reports it appears that the following occurred: on the night of July 31st a party of sixty three people including the “comfort girls” of three houses (Bakushinro was merged with Kinsui), families, and helpers, started across the Irrawaddy River in small boats. They eventually landed somewhere near Waingmaw, They stayed there until August 4th, but never entered Waingmaw. From there they followed in the path of a group of soldiers until August 7th when there was a skirmish with the enemy and the party split up. The girls were ordered to follow the soldiers after three hour interval. They did this only to find themselves on the bank of a river with no sign of the soldiers or any means of crossing. They remained in a nearby house until August 10th when they were captured by Kachin soldiers led by an English officer. They were taken to Myitkyina and then to the Ledostockade where the interrogations which form the basis of this report took place. PROPAGANDA
      The girls know practically nothing of any propaganda leaflets that had been used against the Japanese. They had seen a few leaflets in the hands of the soldiers but most of them were unable to understand them as they were in Japanese and the soldiers refused to discuss them with the girls. One girl remembered the leaflet about Col. Maruyama (apparently it was Myitkyina Troop Appeal), but she did not believe it. Others heard the soldiers discussing leaflets from time to time but no tangible remarks resulted from their eavesdropping. However it is interesting to note that one officer expressed the view that “Japan can’t win this war”.
      REQUESTS; None of the girls appeared to have heard the loudspeaker used at Myitkyina but they did overhear the soldiers mention a “radio broadcast”
      They asked that leaflets telling of the capture of the “Comfort girls” should not be used for it would endanger the lives of other girls if the Army knew of their capture. They did think it would be a good idea to utilize the fact of their capture in any droppings planned for Korea.

      APPENDIX “A”
      Following are the names of the twenty Korean “comfort girls” and the two Japanese civilians interrogated to obtain the information used in the reports. The Korean names are phoneticized.
      NAME AGE ADDRESS
      1, Shin Jyun Nimi 21 Keishonando, Shinshu
      2. Kak Yonja 28 “ Sanzonpo, Yunai
      3. Pen Yonja 26 “ Shinshu
      4. Chinga Chunto 21 Keishohokudo, Taikyu
      5. Chun Yonja 27 Keishonando. Shinsyu
      6. Kim Nanju 25 Keishohokudo, Taikyu
      7. Kim Yonja 19 “ “
      8. Kim Kenja 25 Keishonando, Keson
      9. Kim Senni 21 “ Kumboku
      10. Kim Kun Sun 22 “ Taikyu
      11. Kim Chongi 26 “ Shinshu
      12. Pe Kija 27 “ “
      13. Chun Punyi 21 “ Keisan Gun,
      Kayomon Mura
      14. Koke Sunyi 21 “ Kenyo, Sokibaku
      Mo, Kyu Ruri
      15. Yon Muji 31 Heiannando, Keijo
      16. Opu Ni 20 “ “
      17. Kim Tonhi 20 Koikido, Keijo
      18. Ha Tonyo 21 “ “
      19. Oki Song 20 Keishohokudo, Taikyu
      20. Kim Guptogo 21 Zonranando, Kosyu
      Japanese Civilians:
      1. Kitamura, Tomiko 38 Keikido, Keijo
      2. Kitamura, Eibun 41 “ “

    • SickOfIt

      July 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Another US official record you should read to learn true history of the “comfort women”.

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

      ” 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.”

  3. Yosh T

    July 6, 2017 at 3:32 am

    A Korean who asserts the interrogation of women by the Chinese army as a Japanese comfort woman.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?sns=fb&v=vBgYpWmc3P4
    Military uniforms and buildings are not Japan or Korea.
    President Park was a lieutenant of the Japanese Army.
    He made a comfort women system for the American army.
    Those women were secured by abduction and confinement.
    They were called “Fifth Supply”.

    Furthermore.
    The Joseon dynasty created a school to train such women.
    Every year in the Joseon dynasty there was an obligation to present one hundred sex slaves to China.

    Slavery to China is that the founder of the Joseon dynasty swore himself to China (Min).
    after that.
    It was succeeded to Qin.

  4. Yosh T

    July 6, 2017 at 3:33 am

    Prince Joseon was the lieutenant general of the Japanese Army.
    President Park was the captain of a team exploring Chinese spies.
    (President Park made a comfort women system for the US military.
    The comfort women station managed by the Korean army continued until the 1990s. )
    The commander of the South Korean Air Force & North Korea Air Force was the Japanese navy zero fight pilot.
    Park President and Air Force Commander thanked Japan for governance.

  5. Frank Z.

    July 6, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I know Blackburn Park.
    A beautiful park!
    It’s pretty close to the YMCA and the Marist School.
    This is also the venue of a great festival in spring.

  6. Yoshio Haraguchi

    July 7, 2017 at 2:57 am

    The statue is the symbol of anti-Japan-ism in Korea.
    The inscription is full of deception.
    1.”who were enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces”
    It was not enslavement. They were paid, could save money, send money back home in Korea, go shopping, go to the movie, etc. Some were the victims of the deceptive recruitment by the civilian (Korean and Japanese) sex traffickers and the harsh management of the managers (civilian Korean and Japanese) of the brothels attached to the Japanese army.
    2.”with estimates ranging up to the hundreds of thousands”
    No evidence, just exaggeration.
    3.”Most died or were killed during World War II”
    No evidence. Terrible lie. If “hundreds of thousands” of young women disappeared in those years, what would have happened? See the population pyramid of Korea. What about the relatives of so many women?

  7. Kazu

    July 7, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I’m sad to hear that the statue will be moved to the bigger park. It’s sneaky the city moves the statue without mentioning the true reason – the lawsuit threats.
    I’m also puzzled that a council member denies that there is North Korea behind the advocates of installing this fake statue. It is no doubt that the original advocates of this propaganda were South Korean communists (leaders of an organization known as Chong Dae Hyup).
    He mentions as grounds for promoting instalment of the statue, American Scholars’ “Open Letter in Support of Historians in Japan” as well as no more valid sources of UN Reports and US Congressional Report. The Scholars’ opinion has been criticized by 110 Japanese Scholars as influenced by a statement issued by a Japanese Marxist organization. It is questionable, though, whether or not the signers of the open letter were aware of these positions..
    There is an interesting article titled “The Comfort Woman Statue and North Korea”.
    https://newswire.net/newsroom/blog-post/00096968-the-comfort-woman-statue-and-north-korea.html

  8. Nevins O'Hanlon

    July 7, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    This is an issue between Japan and Korea. What in the world does Brookhaven, Ga have to do with it? Yes, it is an unfortunate thing that happened over 70 years ago, and it is a good thing to make sure it never happens again, but why bring this statue to a park in Brookhaven, GA? Will the city allow other statues from wars fought between two other countries to be placed in the park as well? The Brookhaven city council needs to have their heads examined.

    • MOMO1333

      July 8, 2017 at 6:15 am

      The Comfort women supporters always use this statue as political tool, Some of CW supporters in brookhaven are Japanese. But they are member of Japanese communist party. (communist party is legal in Japan)

      And former north korean origin comfort women “Grandma Kang(89)” appeared in the celemony is supported and sponsored by North Korean and Chinese government. She is also a victim of politics.

      There are so many communist there.

  9. Tomohiro Terada

    July 7, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    How do locals feel near Blackburn Park?The beauty of the park will be destroyed by an unrelated statue and used for Korean propaganda.A North Korean organization capture women and make fake comfort women.Korean proffessors who reveal that comfort women were prostitutes suffer and are accused by revealing the truth.
    Japanese police at that time arrested Korean brothel owners who captured women againt will.

    So how can this statue by Korean propaganda be a symbol of humanity?

  10. R.L

    July 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    This is a true story of how The Comfort Woman Statue was made! On June 13th in 2002, the Yangju Highway 56 Accident occurred at Yangju, Gyeonggi-do in
    South Korea.

    A United States Army armored vehicle-launched bridge, returning to base in Uijeongbu on a public road, struck and killed two 14-year-old South Korean schoolgirls, named Shin Hyo-sun and Shim Mi-seon.

    Unseong Kim and Seogyeong Kim are couple of the sculptor in South Korea, and are concerned with the pro-North Korea organization. Due to the accident in 2002, they took part in the anti-American demonstration eagerly. And, they made a statue of Shim Mi-seon sitting on the right chair.

    Also, they started to make a statue of Shin Hyo-sun that was supposed to sit on the left vacant chair, but the South Korean government restrained the anti-American activities to remove the friction between the U.S. So, they were out of funds, and had to stop making it. “The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan” had its eyes on the statue , bought it for 30,000 dollars, and made the statue of Shin Hyo-sun a comfort woman to use for Discount Japan campaign. The reason why the statue of Shin Hyo-sun is barefoot is that when she was struck by the vehicle, her shoes came off.

    In April of 2016, Mr. Michael Yon, the American journalist, went to South Korea, and had an interview with Unseong Kim and Seogyeong Kim that made the statue of comfort woman. Mr. and Mrs. Kim said that they sold at 30,000 dollars (about 3400000 Japanese Yen) a piece, and that they had already made 30 pieces. Mr. and Mrs. Kim earned at least 900,000 dollars by last year.

    There is China behind “The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan”. So, on October 22nd in 2016, two statues of comfort women were built in a campus of the Shanghai Normal University in China. Next to the Korean statue, there is a statue of Chinese woman. According to the University, China cooperated with Korea in making the statues. China is slso an anti-Japan nation.

    Thus, at First, South Korea tried to use the statue of Shin Hyo-sun for the anti-American activities, but they could’nt., since they were afraid of The U.S. So, the fact is that South Korea makes the statue of Schoolgirl a prostitute, and use it for anti-Japan activities!! It’s vice and vulgar for South Korea to treat the schoolgirl who died in an accident so badly!

    And some americans, who offering of help the statue for the anti-American activities, it makes no sense whatsoever.

    • Mick

      July 9, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      That’s just a rumor. Don’t say unnecessary things.

      • R.L

        July 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm

        But I also have a news image of this accident.

  11. yurika

    July 8, 2017 at 12:53 am

    In Hong Kong on 7th of July, two comfort women statues were illegally placed near the Japanese consulate by Anti-Japan group.
    The Japanese officials are asking the Hong Kong government to remove them immediately.

    Please see the photos from the Kyodo news.
    http://www.sankei.com/world/photos/170707/wor1707070052-p1.html
    http://www.sankei.com/world/photos/170707/wor1707070052-p2.html
    http://www.sankei.com/world/photos/170707/wor1707070052-p3.html
    http://www.sankei.com/world/photos/170707/wor1707070052-p4.html

    Anti-Japan activists put the flags and photos of Prime Minister Abe underneath the statues’ feet, and burnt them. What for?

    The comfort woman statue is the symbol of anti-Japan, not a symbol of peace nor women’s rights.
    All Japanese as well as all Korean and Chinese know this fact well.

    Do not be deceived by the hypocrisy.
    Do you really need such a statue in your public park?
    It never belongs to Brookhaven.

    It is not too late.
    The statue should be removed to the Korean private property, not to another Brookhaven park.
    Please discuss it at the next city council meeting.

    Otherwise the name of Brookhaven will be more famous as anti-Japan city, just like Glendale in CA, and that is very sad.

    And I would like to express my sincere respect and sympathy for the comfort women who lived strong with dignity during the wars. Calling them sex slaves is not respecting them but insulting them. Please stop it.

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  13. okawari

    July 8, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    There were prostitutes and rape victims.
    I am sorry for the rape victims
    In Japan, rape was a disciplinary offense so I tried it at the martial law conference.
    What is becoming a problem now
    Because a prostitute complains that he was raped by money want.

  14. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 8, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    The City Council of Brookhaven has to build a girl statue which is a symbol of French girls raped by US Army men after the D-Day landing. Maybe another one should be a symbol of German women raped by invading Soviet Union soldiers. Why not build a girl statue which is a symbol of Japanese women raped by Korean men in the Korean Peninsula just after the war as told in the book titled “So Far From the Bamboo Grove” by Yoko Kawashima. The real history is widely different from TV shows.

  15. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 9, 2017 at 12:17 am

    One thing I don’t quite understand is why Americans try to poke their noses into other nations’ problems with scant or little knowledge of the matter. Oriental world is much more complex than the US. Japan already had its own civilization in the 8th century although much influenced by China, and we fought against invading Mongols in the 13th century mobilizing 150,000-strong forces, implying strong bond and unity of the country. Due to the homogeneous nature of the Japanese race since the ancient Jomon Age (15,000 b.c .- 2,300 b.c.), we had no experience of having slaves throughout our history. We actually don’t know what “the slavery” is in the first place. I know the nature of the slavery because I learned a lot about the American history and the Civil War.

    Koreans come up with the term “sex slavery” because: 1) you Americans are sensitive to the term “slavery” and; 2) they considered that they could “slap Japan’s face using American hands” as Kim Dong-suk, founder of KACE said. You should have a keen insight to spot a lie and manipulation.

  16. NANASI

    July 9, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I am Japanese. Post in Google Translate. The reason the Japanese oppose the establishment of this statue is that things like articles in Hong Kong and Korea are occurring frequently. Prime Minister Abe is trampled and the military flag of the Maritime Self – Defense Force, which is conducting joint exercises with the US military, is burned. Many Japanese think that Brookhaven City is supporting and inducing Japanese insults.

    http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=shm&sid1=104&oid=001&aid=0009392442

  17. Edward

    July 10, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    If this monument is really against sex trafficking, then I do not agree with installing this monument anywhere not just here in Georgia but in New Jersey, & California as well by a country that is responsible for many, many sex trafficking crimes throughout the world. Korean women are notorious for prostitution and are arrested for it so often and that list especially long here in the United States.

    Stop using this monument as a symbol crimes against humanity and human trafficking. If the statement is true, 200,000 Comfort Women were abused during WWII then why are so many Korean prostitutes are out of control with their brothels and massage parlors? Did they really learn from world history about this so called crime that Japan committed? What I know is that history repeats itself.

    Duluth GA
    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/owner-accused-using-school-traffic-prostitutes/242654403

    Macon GA
    http://www.macon.com/news/local/crime/article30134475.html

    Anderson SC
    http://www.wnem.com/story/25889831/seven-arrests-made-in-prostitution-sting

    Seattle WA
    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/online-site-where-men-rated-prostitutes-is-shut-down-charges-to-be-filed/

    New York
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/16/nyregion/17ringcnd.html

  18. TARO YAMADA

    July 12, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Please study citizen’s all of Brookhaven, the actual situation of the entertainment industry in south Korea.

    >
    The “entertainment” industry targets both Korean nationals and foreign men.
    In a 1989 study by the Seoul YMCA, the number of establishments offering sexual services in Korea was more than 400,000, which included barber shops, restaurants and tearooms.
    The number of women in sexual labor was as many as 1.2 to 1.5 million, which corresponded to one-fifth of the total number of South Korean women in the 15-29 age bracket.
    The total sales of the entertainment industry was estimated to reach more than 4trillion won, or 5% of the GNP. (3)
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    Reference by Report: THE WOMEN OUTSIDE: Korean Women and the U.S. Military
    http://www.twn.org/catalog/guides/WomenOutside_StudyGuide.pdf

    Movie: Korean comfort women with United States Forces Korea
    https://youtu.be/KM8WxGpfQj0?list=PLBYgdB-4CkiyS1T2_FfJykIOUnK3Kresl

  19. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 18, 2017 at 4:33 am

    “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

    This English proverb seems to fit the present situation of Brookhaven. Paving materials are lies, history distortions and fantasies. Ostensibly, the mosaic looks good as declared by city mayor at the unveiling ceremony. However, the road base underneath is narcissistic smear campaign by Koreans intended to ruin the reputation of Japan. The road will lead you to a hell that is beyond your imagination.

  20. Moguro Fukuzo

    July 19, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    To: Citizens of Brookhaven

    Maybe you should read a letter sent to Glendale, CA, written by Max von Shuler, a Chicago-born American WWII historian.

    http://www.howitzer.jp/korea/web07.html