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Japanese nationalist protest of 'comfort women' sculpture in Glendale fails

July 10, 2013
  • A photo of the 'comfort women' statue slated to be installed in Glendale's Central Park.
A photo of the 'comfort women' statue slated… (Courtesy City of…)

A metal sculpture commemorating the “comfort women” used as sex slaves by Japanese troops during World War II stirred a transoceanic uproar among Japanese nationalists but the protest failed to block the project.

City officials in Glendale, north of Los Angeles, on Tuesday voted in favor of allowing the sculpture's installation at the South Korean section of a Sister Cities display at Glendale's Central Park.

The mayor and City Council had been bombarded in recent weeks with form-letter emails protesting the monument as a divisive reminder of a bitter chapter in Korean-Japanese relations.

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-- Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times

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