Japan's Comfort Women

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Routledge, Aug 29, 2003 - Social Science - 232 pages

Japan's Comfort Women tells the harrowing story of the "comfort women" who were forced to enter prostitution to serve the Japanese Imperial army, often living in appalling conditions of sexual slavery. Using a wide range of primary sources, the author for the first time links military controlled prostitution with enforced prostitution. He uncovers new and controversial information about the role of the US' occupation forces in military controlled prostitution, as well as the subsequent "cover-up" of the existence of such a policy. This groundbreaking book asks why US occupation forces did little to help the women, and argues that military authorities organised prostitution to prevent the widespread incidence of GI rape of Japanese women, and to control the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The origins of the comfort women system
8
2 Procurement of comfort women and their lives as sexual slaves
33
3 Comfort women in the Dutch East Indies
61
4 Why did the US forces ignore the comfort women issue?
84
19451946
110
6 Japanese comfort women for the Allied occupation forces
133
Epilogue
167
Notes
183
Index
206
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