Sunday, November 23, 2014

Japan Bashing Glendale City Council Comfort Women statue issue

Japan Bashing Glendale City Council 
Comfort Women statue issue

The city of Glendale, California through their elected leaders and City Manager, have decided to let stand the perception their city supports Japan bashing and activity engaged it this insidious behavior.

Glendale City Council Japan Bashing
October 21, 2014 addressing the City Council and City Manager was this little man from Texas, me.  In my under three minute oration they were informed the Comfort Women statue they approved in their city park is interpreted in Japan as Japan bashing, illustrates disrespect, dishonor to the nation and people of Japan.   

My suggestion for the City was to modify the inscription on the marble slab sitting on the ground next to the Comfort Women statue.  The current slab memorializes Comfort Women for the Japanese Imperial military from 1932 to 1945.  In 2014 a new group of South Korean Comfort Women came public stating they were forced into serving as Comfort Women by the South Korean military for the U.S. military from 1950 to around the 1980’s or early 1990’s. 

The suggestion was to add this new group of Comfort Women to the inscription on that marble slab   thereby illustrating that statue was not intended to bash Japan but to memorialize all Comfort Women.  It would also demonstrate consistency by the City Council.

This was during their “oral communications” part of the City Council meeting.  Items discussed during this portion are referred to the City Manage for further consideration.  A few weeks after the meeting I wrote Mr. Scott Ochoa, their city manager asking if any consideration was given to my suggestion.     

Some days later Mr. Dan Bell, Community Relations Coordinator, wrote me on behalf of the City the following:

“Regarding your question to Glendale City Manager Scott Ochoa the City has no plans to make any amendments to the Comfort Women Monument.”

Meaning the City of Glendale, California is contented with the perception their city is engaging in the demonstrably ugly activity of Japan bashing.

Now it is time for the people of Japan to participate in this venture.  The City of Glendale enjoys a sister-city relationship with the Japanese city of Higashiosaka.  This city is located in the Osaka Prefecture.  People in Japan, specifically in the Osaka Prefecture, may want to consider attending a Higashiosaka City Council meeting and inform them of the Japan Bashing approved by their sister-city in Glendale, California.  Urging a revocation of this sister-city relationship would send a strong signal to the City Council of Glendale, California.

This little man sitting on the lone prairie in Texas (me) has now passed the mantle to the good people of Japan to defend their honor and respect.         

Link to video of the address to the Glendale City Council:

Link to articles in reference to Comfort Women from 1950 through 1992:

Link to article from the Mayor of Higashiosaka, Japan to the Glendale, California mayor:

List of Glendale, California's sister cities:

City of Glendale's document concerning sister city funding, see page two, next to the last paragraph:

Link to 1944 U.S. Army document (report number 49) stating comfort women were well-paid prostitutes:

Link to Texas Daddy store:


Anonymous said...

A folk self-body super-head is strange in Korea.

Anonymous said...

What next? Are you going to be saying that the Japanese atrocities of Unit 731, the Rape of Nanking, the Bataan death march, and all the others did not occur! You're too young to have been around in WW2, but surely your father was around. Did he fight against the Axis, or did he support them? Is that how you learned to be a traitor?

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