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Glendale Oks memorial to WWII 'comfort women'

Posted: July 11, 2013 10:47 a.m.
Updated: July 11, 2013 10:47 a.m.
 

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles suburb of Glendale has approved a memorial to World War II "comfort women" who were turned into sex slaves for Japanese soldiers.

The Pasadena Star-News says the City Council voted Tuesday to permit a nonprofit group to create a replica of a Korean monument at a city park. It will be unveiled on July 30.

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

Japan's government apologized in 1993 but many Japanese and Japanese-Americans dispute the historical claims and contend the women were willing prostitutes.

Dozens of Japanese-Americans spoke against the monument at Tuesday's council meeting.

Councilwoman Laura Friedman says the memorial isn't intended to shame Japan but to commemorate a tragedy.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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