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San Francisco closer to monument for 'comfort women'

All Headlines 17:01 September 23, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 (Yonhap) -- The city council of San Francisco Tuesday passed a resolution to establish a memorial for the victims of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of women, mostly Koreans.

If implemented, San Francisco would become the first major U.S. city to formally commemorate the "comfort women" with such a monument.

The resolution was approved unanimously in a session observed by an 87-year-old Korean victim, Lee Yong-soo, and some activists campaigning to publicize Japan's World War II atrocities.

It calls for the city government to set up a monument and urges Japan to "acknowledge and apologize" for enslaving the women.

More than 200,000 women were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops, according to historical records. Most of them were Koreans as their country was under Japan's brutal colonial rule for 35 years until Japan's defeat in the war.

The city government, led by Mayor Ed Lee, plans to map out concrete plans for the monument, including the site and funding.

The resolution was submitted on July 12.

There are similar monuments in several counties in the U.S. including Glendale, California, and Fairfax, Virginia.

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