Japan's Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution During World War II and the US Occupation

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Psychology Press, 2002 - History - 212 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

The origins of the comfort women system
8
A rapid increase in comfort stations after the Rape of Nanjing
12
The organizational structure of the comfort women system
19
Why comfort women?
28
Procurement of comfort women and their lives as sexual slaves
33
Procurement of Korean and Taiwanese women
37
Procurement of women in China and the Philippines
44
Life as a comfort woman
50
Military prostitution in the Caribbean Australia and elsewhere
99
Criticism coverup and a change in the War Departments attitude
106
Sexual violence committed by the Allied occupation forces against Japanese women 19451946
110
Fear and confusion before the landing of the Allied occupation forces
112
Official reports on sexual violence committed by the occupation forces against Japanese women
116
Testimonies of victims of sexual violence committed by the occupation troops
127
Japanese comfort women for the Allied occupation forces
133
The Recreation and Amusement Association
141

Comfort women in the Dutch East Indies
61
Exploitation of existing prostitutes by the Japanese troops
64
Procurement of Dutch women
67
Enforced prostitution at comfort stations in Semarang
72
The Dutch military authorities9 indifference towards Indonesian comfort women
77
Why did the US forces ignore the comfort women issue?
84
US military policies on the prevention of venereal disease in World War II
87
The Brumfield Report and militarycontrolled prostitution
92
Occupation policies and the spread of prostitution
150
VD problems and the failure of GHQs VD prevention policies
155
Epilogue
167
Sexual slavery social death and military violence
173
Imperialism the patriarchal state and the control of sexuality
180
Notes
183
Index
206
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