On October 26th, 2012, Japanese right-wing extremist Suzuki Nobuyuki defiled the Comfort Women Memorial in Palisades Park with a stake. In Asian culture, driving a stake through a grave, monument, or something of value is equivalent to openly defiling and damning whom, in this case, the monument honors. The Korean American and the Bergen County community were outraged by this act of terror.

Many elected representatives rebuked this action. Senator Bob Menendez (NJ) made a short but strong statement in regards to this incident.

Senator Menendez expressed his outrage and commented that a country that cannot make amends with its past is a country without freedom. He also added that Japan must acknowledge the Comfort Women and formally apologize for its actions during World War II.

Korean American Civic Empowerment will soon pursue a petition campaign towards the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for Japan's apology with several US human rights organizations.

 

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