The New York State Senate unanimously adopted a resolution condemning Japan's wartime mobilization of Asian sex slaves for the Imperial Army.
Senator Tony Avella, who proposed the motion 13 days ago, said he received many "nasty" emails from Japan and added that what upset him most was the allegation that Japan's well-documented abuses in World War II were lies. But he added these attempts by Japanese people backfired.
Since the motion was submitted, Japanese ultra-rightists have instigated collective protests. A message on a website named "Japanese Women for Justice and Peace" claims the so-called "comfort women" were "voluntary prostitutes." The site lists the email addresses and twitter accounts of all New York state senators.
In 2007, the U.S. Congress also adopted a resolution acknowledging Japan’s sexual enslavement of Asian women. The New York State Senate was the second state legislature to adopt such a resolution after the California State Assembly in 1999.