After 60 years in Osaka, the sisterhood with San Francisco broken. The Japanese city is protesting against a statue in San Francisco that the ‘troostmeisjes’, the sex slaves from the Japanese war, will be commemorated.
After the city of San Francisco, the ‘troostmeisjes’statue in 2017 established with private money in the Chinese district, recognized as public domain, was for Osaka the size full. Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura showed his counterpart in San Francisco, London Wide, in a letter to know that it is no longer the sister city of the city on the Us west coast. Broad called the decision ‘regrettable’.
Yoshimura stated in his ten page long letter that there is still discussion about the extent to which the Japanese army was involved in the deployment of the ‘troostmeisjes’. That is approximately 200,000, mostly Korean, girls and women were forced to during the war between 1932 and 1945 to work in brothels for Japanese soldiers.
“All victims of sexual abuse in times of war commemoration’
According to the mayor of Osaka, stood there with the inscription on the statue also claims that are not historically substantiated. On the monument , three women depicts, is that it is ‘a recognition of the suffering that hundreds of thousands of women and girls have suffered as sex slaves were used by the Japanese imperial forces’. “Most of these women died in captivity.’
‘Also I want the worthiness and rights of women protect, ” writes Yoshimura. “If that is the goal, I suggest that a part of the great attention which is now devoted to the Japanese “troostmeisjes” is extended to all the women, to commemorate those sexually abused by soldiers anywhere in the world.”
The statue in San Francisco’s Chinatown is the first monument to the ‘troostmeisjes’ on American soil. Elsewhere in the world were already dozens of other monuments have been established for the ‘troostmeisjes’, especially in South Korea. At the beginning of last year called Tokyo its ambassador from South Korea back after activists erected a statue of a troostmeisje had placed the Japanese consulate in Busan.