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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Monument in Palisades Park, N.J. Honoring World War II Korean Comfort Women, Irritates Japanese Officials -

Monument in Palisades Park, N.J., Irritates Japanese Officials -

Japan needs to face up to it's history of imperialism and human rigjts abuses. It's dastardly crimes against the people of Asia are part of it's past. Unlike Germany, Japan was not forced by the victorious Allies after World War II to atone for it's crimes against humanity. This was largely due to the fear of Japan succumbing to the spreading wave of communism in Asia after Mao Tse Tung's victory in the Chinese Civil War.

The legacy of the forced prostitution of Korean women is real. Japan should be loudly criticized, in the world community, for after sixty years still stubbornly refusing to acknowledge it's past. Acknowledging this history is an important step in preventing such atrocities from occurring in the future.

There are still comfort women alive today. They never received reparations for their forced sexual slavery. Japan,incredulously still maintains that these women volunteered to be serially gang raped by Japanese soldiers. Their legacy of suffering must be memorialized around the world. This must never happen again.

John H. Armwood

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