Glendale Mayor Regrets Erecting Comfort Women Memorial

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Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver told a Japanese television station that the city “opened a beehive, a hornet’s nest” when it installed a controversial monument honoring Korean “comfort women” earlier this year in the city’s Central Park, the Glendale News-Press reports.

“We just shouldn’t have done it,” he said.

The memorial, honoring over 200,000 Korean women who were taken into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during World War II, has been at the center of a storm of controversy since its installation earlier this year. It has been opposed by Japanese nationalists who insist comfort women were acting of their own accord as prostitutes.

Weaver told Channel Sakura, what the Glendale News-Press described as a “far-right-wing channel,” that he was opposed to the memorial since it was first brought up by lobbyists. His reasoning “on television” was that he had wanted that section of the park to be constructed into an underground parking lot before any development took place. Still, Glendale, a “quiet little bedroom community,” had no business in involving itself in international issues. Read more here.