Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Glendale’s ‘Comfort Women’ Statue


A comfort women monument was erected in Glendale’s Central Park in 2013. J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo

A comfort women monument was erected in Glendale’s Central Park in 2013. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)


Rafu Staff Report

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Aug. 4 upheld a lower court’s ruling against a lawsuit seeking removal of the “comfort women” monument in Glendale’s Central Park.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on June 7 sided with the City of Glendale against the plaintiffs’ assertion that the monument exceeded the city’s authority and was damaging to U.S.-Japan relations.

The rejection of the appeal is a victory for the Korean American Forum of California (KAFC) and other organizations that have sought the establishment of such monuments in California cities, including San Francisco.