Comfort Women US Memorials

January 30, 2013 - 8:31 AM
A memorial, left, honoring comfort women of WWII stands next to a public library, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Palisades Park, N.J. Comfort women refers to the women mostly from the Korean peninsula and China who were forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers during WWII. A dispute has risen over different historical definitions of the so-called comfort women. Japan's current nationalist Prime Minister has suggested he may disavow a 1993 apology for the practice, and Japanese government officials even tried pressuring the small Palisades Park town to remove its memorial, which was the first of its kind in the U.S. Now, the backers of that memorial are planning to unveil a second one at the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, N.J., and engaging in an education campaign around the issue. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)