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Donovan To Sign ‘Comfort Women’ Proof Monday

Officials released the final wording Wednesday of the proof for a Comfort Women Memorial planned for the Justice Center in Hackensack.

County Executive Kathleen Donovan will sign the final proof Monday of the Comfort Women Memorial to be erected at the Bergen County Justice Center, officials announced.

Freeholder Chairman John Mitchell and members of the Comfort Women Memorial Committee will join Donovan in Hackensack for the signing.

The committee, along with Mitchell and Donovan, held a press conference in mid-October announcing that Bergen County would erect the memorial dedicated to the thousands of “comfort women,” or those from Korea, China and other countries in Asia and Europe who were forced into sexual slavery by Japanese forces during and in the aftermath of World War II.

Officials announced Wednesday that the final proof would read as follows:

In memory of hundreds of thousands of women and girls from Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, the Netherlands, and Indonesia, who were forced into sexual slavery by the Armed Forces of Imperial Japan before and during World War II.

Dedicated on (Date TBD)
County of Bergen, New Jersey

Bergen County Executive
The Board of Chosen Freeholders
Bergen County Comfort Women Memorial Committee
Residents of Bergen County

The signing takes place Monday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. in the County Executive Conference Room on the fifth floor of One Bergen County Plaza in Hackensack.

Makoto Morimoto December 04, 2013 at 09:15 AM
How does Ms.Donovan think about The Raped and Killed Women and Girls during Korean War and Vietnam War and at many other Wars? I would Like to ask Ms.Donovan , please show me the historical evidence about the number of women and girls you pointed out. Numbers of Korean comfort women during Korean War and after was 10 times more than during WW2. So, They had several names, Yanggongju, Western whore, Yankee whore and UN madam. During WW2, Korean and Taiwanese and Japanese prostitutes had been treated as same, because of citizen of The Imperial Japan. Therefor, women and girls in newly occupied territory were very different from in Korea and Taiwan. I have realized that few combatant commander made an order to make a comfort station and recruit resident women in order to prevent rape and murder in newly occupied territory. But they could not hire enough, then forced some or much against Japanese military rule. The commanders and his staffs were sentenced to death after WW2.


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