Opposing factions within the Korean American community are moving closer together and toward the consensus that should allow the installation of the Comfort Women memorial in Ft Lee, New Jersey, reports NorthJersey.com.
City leaders had approved the memorial, but put everything on hold when they learned of disagreement among Korean Americans.
Most of the dissension has come from outside Ft Lee, and city leaders said they will give priority to their own city residents.
“It is mathematically impossible to satisfy all of these organizations involved,” Mayor Mark Sokolich said Wednesday. “As soon as government feels comfortable there is consensus of the right people, we’ll move forward.”
The groups are expected to decide today on the final wording of the inscription of the memorial. The term “sexual slavery” will likely replace “sexual service” and the term “Japanese Imperial Army” with “Armed Forces of Imperial Japan,”
Comfort women were forced into sexual slavery by members of the Japanese military during World War II.
Some in the Japanese American community have launched a letter writing campaign in an 11th hour bid opposing the memorial.