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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Adam Blickstein
May 26, 2007 (202) 225-2156
Washington, DC – Representative Jane Harman (D-Venice) signed on as a cosponsor of H.R. 121, legislation calling on the Government of Japan to acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility for the coercion of as many as 200,000 young women into sexual slavery, known as “comfort women,” during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Said Harman: “I appreciate the efforts of the thousands of constituents who made me aware of this issue. It was important to consider carefully the foreign policy ramifications of this bill, and I wanted to be sure that it would not place additional strain on our Asian relationships. I became convinced, however, that the treatment of the so-called ‘comfort women’ was so repugnant that cosponsoring this bill was the right thing to do.” She added: “Once again, my constituents have demonstrated their strong convictions on an issue of national significance.”