CWJC Statement In Response to Recent Opposition to Our Memorial
We are proud members of the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition, a grassroots, multi-ethnic and multi-national group of individuals and organizations that are part of the global “Comfort Women” Justice Movement. We are guided by the powerful leadership of the grandmothers (the surviving “Comfort Women”) themselves. In 2017, we unveiled the memorial Comfort Women: Column of Strength in San Francisco to remember the hundreds of thousands of women and girls sexually enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Army from the early 1930s to 1945 and to educate the public about their history. The memorial symbolizes our international resolve never to let that atrocity be repeated, and the memorial is also a reverent testament to all those who have been victims of sexual violence and sex trafficking.
1. Osaka Mayor Yoshimura’s Termination of the Sister-City Relationship Between Osaka and San Francisco
Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco, in spite of Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura’s repeated threats to terminate the Osaka-San Francisco sister-city relationship as retribution for installation of the memorial, stood firm in full support of the memorial. On November 22, 2017, Mayor Lee signed the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ unanimously approved resolution to accept the gift of the “Comfort Women” Memorial from the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition. The “Comfort Women” Memorial was thus made a municipal memorial, with the explicit approval of the resolution signed by Mayor Lee.
Mayor Yoshimura’s attempt to bully San Francisco backfired... Read More.
Comfort Women News
‘Comfort Women’ Statue in San Francisco Leads a Japanese City to Cut Ties
11-25-2017 The New York Times
Osaka mayor to end sister city status with San Francisco over ‘comfort women’ statue
11-25-2017 The Washington Post
Japanese mayor says he’ll end SF sister city status over comfort women statue
11-25-2017 San Francisco Chronicle
American writer, Iris Chang, wrote the “Rape of Nanking." It became a best-seller, shining a light on that dark period of history. CGTN reporter Mark Niu profiled Chang's parents who continue the fight for truth while at the same time keeping the memory of their daughter alive. Mark also included coverage of the "Comfort Women" SF Memorial and Japan's refusal to apologize.
Retired Judge Lillian Sing was interviewed after the story on CGTN about the upcoming 80th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre and also about the ongoing fight with Japan and the "Comfort Women."
"Comfort Women" Justice Coalition(CWJC) in conjunction with "Rape of Nanjing" Redress Coalition(RNRC) is starting a fund raising campaign to raise the target amount of $350,000 necessary to install the “Comfort Women” Memorial approved by the SF Board of Supervisors on September 22nd, 2015 in the city and county of San Francisco. Funds are also necessary to pay for artists, architects, land use designers, and other experts to develop, design, and build the memorial. Read more
Remembering San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and His Commitment to the "Comfort Women" Justice Coalition
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee will forever be remembered as a human rights hero in the hearts of San Franciscans
San Francisco, CA, December 12, 2017 –
We are greatly saddened at the news of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's passing on Tuesday morning. Our hearts go out to Anita and the family and we join millions of others in the prayer for our Mayor Ed Lee.
Mayor Ed Lee was a man with a big heart. He stood for those who didn't have the voice to speak for themselves. He met with our beloved Grandma Yongsoo Lee, the survivor of the Japanese military sexual slavery, where he shared compassion, friendship and laughter with her.
Recently, he signed the City Resolution to make the "Comfort Women Column of Strength" the City's own "Comfort Women" Memorial, despite the unjust threat of ending the sister city relationship from the City Mayor of Osaka, Japan.
As we mourn the loss of loving and dignified soul, we will forever remember him and his legacy.
We stand here, guided by the powerful leadership of the surviving grandmothers themselves, who have led the global movement during the past decades. Their voices helped launch a global cry for accountability and justice. When Grandmother Kim Hak Soon courageously broke her silence, she helped pave the way for the international community to recognize sexual violence during war as a crime against humanity... Read More.
Regarding “ ‘Comfort women’ memorial nears final OK” (Feb. 9): We’d like to correct Lizzie Johnson’s assertion that the Japanese government has apologized about the Imperial Japanese Army’s sexual enslavement of hundreds of thousands of women during World War II. The Japanese government has never officially apologized.. Read More
As President Trump travels to Japan, Japanese officials launch media campaign attempting to “rewrite” their history. The meeting between the President Trump and the “living proof” of the Japanese military sexual slavery halts the attempt.
CWJC calls on the world to support the women sexually abused by the Japanese Military. San Francisco’s “Comfort Women” Monument is now an international issue and message of truth... Read More
Global Relevance: Based on the study conducted by a UN Special Rapporteur, it has been concluded that the Japanese military sexual slavery system [“Comfort Women system”] constitutes a “crime against humanity.” This is a prosecutable criminal offense in international criminal law. As such, this is not merely Japan’s problem or that of the victim countries, but an issue of global justice. Read More.