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34 Comments on "Controversial ‘Comfort Women’ memorial to be relocated to Brookhaven’s larger Blackburn Park"

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Hunter Burke
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Hunter Burke

What an unnecessary and unfortunate situation caused by amateur politicians. I wonder how long before the memorial is defaced and an embarrassment?

S. Walton
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S. Walton

What in the world does this statue have to do with Brookhaven? Publicity for Brookhaven at all cost? And the irony is that Brookhaven’s city tree is a Cherry Tree – you know, the ones FROM JAPAN.

Ernst is a sucker
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Ernst is a sucker

This is Absurd. Sex trafficking is a major issue. As a community there are better ways to bring awareness to the current challenge of trafficking rather than getting involved in a dispute between two foreign countries. Ernst is such a little puppet.

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert
From the article linked in this story “The Japanese government also conceded that its military authorities played a role in the sexual enslavement of the women.” Plus Japan apologized and set up a large settlement fund. Of course the bad actions of the military and Leaders should not be held against future generations who have clearly moved on. But Acknowledgeing and remembering past misdeeds certainly should happen so that future generations learn from the mistakes. We have monuments to remember the sins of slavery, their purpose isn’t intended to punish the south, its to remember and learn from our mistakes.… Read more »
Tom Reilly
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Tom Reilly

Well said, Eric!!

ruewarwick
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ruewarwick

Did you Georgian people want this Japanese-American and Japanese bashing?
‘’Japanese cemetery is Oxnard’s latest vandalism target’’
http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2017/06/28/japanese-cemetery-oxnards-latest-vandalism-target/430614001/

We current day Japanese living in Japan face same kind of vandalism.
Few but score of patriotic Chinese and Korean tourists brainwashed by their anti-Japan education flied to Japan vandalize, set fire on old temples, shrines and monuments and steal ancient Buddhist statue from uninhabited temple saying Buddhist statue was robbed from Korea in 16th century.
To our surprise Korean court admitted Korean temple’s vague claim that the statue was stolen by Japanese pirates 600 years ago and Korean government refuses to return object.

Sam
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Sam

Eric, correct we do have monuments to slavery as we should. One note for you, this is not Japan. Also do your research outside this article. This statue is not meant for “us” to learn from the sins of our past. It’s intentions are to drive a wedge between to communities that have moved on.

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert

Sam, valid points, and yes I have heard that assertion about the true intention. The intention issue is hard to nail down and thus for me the stated meaning overtakes the different allegations of real intent. The issue of an act between 2 foreign nations being memorialized here is a good point, though I guess I was taking a more global view of what this particular historical event symbolizes. But your point does put me on or at least closer to the fence.

MOMO 1333
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MOMO 1333
Japan has never apologized nor admitted for “Government Involvement”. But Japan apologized for 3 things. 1. Large prostitutions for military. Prostitution is considered as bad from modern point of view. It is natural that we should apology bad things, even if it was not bad in the past. 2. Human trafficking by criminals . Some women were kidnapped by (Korean) Mafia, they were sold to (Korean) merchants of brothels, then forced to work for Japan military comfort stations. Some criminal were arrested by Japan government police, but not all of them. Japan had some responsibilities for crimes. Because, these crimes… Read more »
Tom Reilly
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Tom Reilly

A monument to the human spirit should not be bounded by geography or politics.

Resident
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Resident

Sounds like someone owed a favor to a monument company, and now they need to put it somewhere. I vote for the Remington Road property, or down by the sewer manhole next to the Pink Pony.

Heather
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Heather

NO! We’re still fighting to get an orange cone for our sewer manholes! Don’t confuse them, lol.

Ellen
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Ellen

We will happily take it in Blackburn Park.

ruewarwick
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ruewarwick
Subject: RE: Justice and friendship for the future regarding ‘Comfort Women’ issue Dear Sir or Madame, I write this in order to save democracy, in order to save freedom of speech and fair and fact based discussions, I write this in order to make people can self-reflect whether what they heard and believed have been totally free from biases or ethnocentrism. As for myself I just can’t let harmful lies spread over the world to make everyone including Koreans unhappy and make the world worse. I believe America as a nation which put great value on justice and fairness. I… Read more »
ruewarwick
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ruewarwick
There is an old saying in Japan ‘Sun (God) always see you (Otentosama ga miteru)’. Most despised behavior in Japanese culture is telling a lie and not keeping one’s word. Existence of Comfort Women or professional camp followers was no secret after WW2. They were portrayed in novels, newspapers and governmental documents. Most of Japanese admit that sufferings of Comfort Women were genuine and we have no wish or reason to retract government’s apology made in 1993. We wished better relationship with Koreans after 1993 apology and we didn’t imagine that the apology itself was regarded as new evidence for… Read more »
ruewarwick
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ruewarwick
by Professor Park Yuha http://scholarsinenglish.blogspot.jp/ “I first confronted the comfort women issue in 1991. It was near the end of my study in Japan. As a volunteer I was translating former Korean comfort women’s testimonies for NHK. When I returned to South Korea, the nationalism was out of control. The anti-Japanese activist group “Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery” (also known as Chong Dae Hyup 정대협 挺対協) was formed by the South Korean communists. Its leader said publicly it was determined to defame Japan for the next 200 years. Its propaganda turned me off, so I… Read more »
Saul
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Saul

So ruewarwick what are your thoughts about the Comfort Women Memorial being placed in a park dedicated to a Japanese Cherry Tree Festival every year?

This is Brookhaven, and last time I checked Brookhaven wasn’t a branch of the United Nations. Wasn’t there a more appropriate, less controversial and appropriate location for this memorial?

ruewarwick
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ruewarwick
Saul, Only location I can imagine is North Korea. Firstly inscription for the memorial contains serious fabrications. For example it is true that so called ‘Comfort Women’ were victims of sexual indentured labor but it is not true that Japanese Imperial Army abducted as much as 200,000 Korean girls which equals to 2% of female population in 1945. Secondly this anti-Japan fabrication was willfully spread by leftist Japanese and Koreans deeply connected to North Korea so there is geopolitical risk in this propaganda. They try to destroy 2015 accord between Japan and Korea and harm relationship between US’ allies in… Read more »
MOMO 1333
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MOMO 1333
I’m in Japan. I see the statue as symbol of hatred in anti-japan Korean demonstrations every day in TV. http://up.gc-img.net/post_img/2015/11/QXLpOYDTdPkyUuR_IQoCv_361.jpeg This is one of the hatred. (statue’s supporter tried to assassinate U.S. Ambassador) I can’t believe this symbol of “hatred” will be located the center of city. The main problem is that the inscription of statue is altogether wrong. In the inscription * (estimates ranging up to the hundreds of thousands.) Indeed some of them were sexually enslaved, but most of them were well paid prostitutes. Because, United States army said so. (US military report (1944) states Comfort Women are… Read more »
guest
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please read 92 old years korean tuueth speaking.
http://konnakototte.wpblog.jp/work-blog/truth-told-by-korean-prof/

Yoshio HARAGUCHI
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Yoshio HARAGUCHI
The comfort women issue is very complicated and there are many rumors and lies in the Korean side. For example the Korean common view of the comfort women that “200,000 young girls were forced to sex slavery by Japanese military and many were massacred at the end of the war” is not true as is discussed by many historians like Prof. Park Yu-ha of Sejong University in Korea. New York Times wrote her argument as follows; “she wrote that there was no evidence that the Japanese government was officially involved in, and therefore legally responsible for, forcibly recruiting the women… Read more »
Eric Robert
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Eric Robert

Powerful comments and references to source materials. I’m thinking it may have been a mistake to accept this monument.

Yoshio HARAGUCHI
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Yoshio HARAGUCHI

Please tell your opinion to the Mayor and the Council Representatives. It must be a great contribution.

MOMO 1333
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MOMO 1333

Which comments or refferences to source do you think as powerful?

Yoshio HARAGUCHI
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Yoshio HARAGUCHI
An article by Former Member of Congress, Mr. Ron Klink, , on the controversial Brookhaven comfort women statue & the perspective shown in the announcement by Prime Minister Abe of Japan and President Moon of S.Korea at G20 meeting on July 7, 2017. Let me again to submit, for your reference, an information on an article by Former Member of Congress, Mr. Ron Klink, , on the controversial Brookhaven comfort women statue, HuffPost, June 28, 2017. http://archive.fo/GWETq and the perspective shown in the announcement by Prime Minister Abe of Japan and President Moon of S.Korea at G20 meeting on July… Read more »
Frank Z.
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Frank Z.

Blackburn Park is a great place, close to the Marist School, the YMCA. shopping malls. The cherry blossom festival is amazing, and I guess the citizens should pay a pretty amount from theit taxes for thr Park maintenance. Did the City ask the opinion of people concerned (neighbprs, associations…) about having such a controversial memorial, instead of moving it in a rush? They may even have planned to put the statue in this great park (and not in the small Blavkburn II) from the very beginning.

K23Huimangga
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K23Huimangga

Blackburn Park a great place for monument. It make good memorial for honoring women enslaved by Japanese government.

rafael nadal
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rafael nadal

I guess Koreans will be frantically dancing around and worshiping the stupid statue in the blackburn park. Interesting to see how property prices detariorate.

Barbara H.
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Barbara H.
During WW2 and before, prostitution was LEGAL and quite common in Japan and its territories (Korea was annexed to Japan by request of Koreans in 1910, and Taiwan became part of Japan by Treaty in 1895). Prostitution was also legal in most or all of Asia, However, in Japan and its territories it was NOT legal to force women into prostitution, and Japanese law enforcement punished brothel owners or recruiters caught coercing women into the trade. WHAT WAS THE COMFORT SYSTEM? In the 1930s the Japanese military invited commercial (private) brothels in Japan and its territories to provide their services… Read more »
rafael nadal
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rafael nadal

link between the Koreans and PinkPony has to be investigated.

screen shot of an interesting huffpost article misteriosly deleted
http://sakura.a.la9.jp/1/

Jbg
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Japanese Women for Justice and Peace

http://nadesiko-action.org

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