Japan's Comfort Women: The Military and Involuntary Prostitution During War and Occupation

Japan's Comfort Women: The Military and Involuntary Prostitution During War and Occupation

by Yuki Tanaka, Toshiyuki Tanaka, Tanaka Yuki
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415194006
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Asia's Transformation Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of figure and tables
List of plates
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Author's note
Introduction1
1The origins of the comfort women system8
The initial establishment of comfort stations8
A rapid increase in comfort stations after the "Rape of Nanjing"12
The organizational structure of the comfort women system19
Why comfort women?28
2Procurement of comfort women and their lives as sexual slaves33
The colonization of Korea and the growth of the prostitution industry33
Procurement of Korean and Taiwanese women37
Procurement of women in China and the Philippines44
Life as a comfort woman50
3Comfort women in the Dutch East Indies61
Japan's invasion of the Dutch East Indies and military violence against women61
Exploitation of existing prostitutes by the Japanese troops64
Procurement of Dutch women67
Enforced prostitution at comfort stations in Semarang72
The Dutch military authorities' indifference towards Indonesian comfort women77
4Why did the US forces ignore the comfort women issue?84
US military indifference towards comfort women84
US military policies on the prevention of venereal disease in World War II87
The Brumfield Report and military-controlled prostitution92
Military prostitution in the Caribbean, Australia and elsewhere99
Criticism, cover-up and a change in the War Department's attitude106
5Sexual violence committed by the Allied occupation forces against Japanese women: 1945-1946110
Sexual violence prior to the Allied occupation of Japan110
Fear and confusion before the landing of the Allied occupation forces112
Official reports on sexual violence committed by the occupation forces against Japanese women116
Testimonies of victims of sexual violence committed by the occupation troops127
6Japanese comfort women for the Allied occupation forces133
The Japanese government creates a comfort women system for the occupation forces133
The Recreation and Amusement Association141
Occupation policies and the spread of prostitution150
VD problems and the failure of GHQ's VD prevention policies155
Epilogue167
From karayuki-san to comfort woman167
Sexual slavery, social death, and military violence173
Imperialism, the patriarchal state, and the control of sexuality180
Notes183
Index206

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