History: Japan tells its own story
“The Japanese always deny what they did or downgrade their crimes in the war,” Chan said. “They wanted to remove the statue from the park, and I testifi that there is a freedom of speech for the Korean and Chinese.”
A 1,100-pound statue of comfort women in the central park of Glendale, California, was a gift from South Koreans in July 2013 to honor the women. Glendale is a sister city of Goseong and Gimpo of South Korea.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the city that sought the removal of the statue, saying that the statue's opponents were unable to show that the memorial caused them harm, and Glendale didn’t break any laws by erecting it in the park, according to a court order signed in August US District Court Judge Percy Anderson. Sheng Yang in Washington contributed to this story.