Judge dismisses 'comfort women' memorial lawsuit

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Updated: 8/12/2014 11:14 am

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a memorial for women who were used as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II can remain in Glendale.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the judge decided the plaintiffs did not prove their claim that they suffered tangible harm from the placement of the 1,100-pound bronze "Comfort Women" statue in Glendale Central Park.

One of the plaintiffs, Koichi Mera, says they have retained a new attorney and will appeal.

Despite objections from Japanese-Americans, the city council voted 4-1 last year to permit installation of the monument.

Historians believe that as many as 200,000 girls and women from Korea, China and other occupied nations were forced into Japanese military brothels.

However, many Japanese and Japanese-Americans dispute the claims.

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