Japanese Sex Slaves WWII

Thomas Vallez

Comfort Women

Japanese sex slaves, or comfort women, was the name given to the capturing and raping of Chinese and Korean women. The number of women involved ranges from 20,000 to 410,000. Japanese officials abducted and lured women from Korea and China. Many where promised work, but found comfort stations.
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Given the already popular prostitution in Japan, the government allowed comfort stations to be built to please the armed forces. The women where brought in to provide comfort to the men, and lower the cases of rape. In reality, this whole process is considered rape in todays society.

Backround Info.

In 1942, a lieutenant paymaster in Japan's Imperial Navy named Yasuhiro Nakasone was stationed at Balikpapan on the island of Borneo, assigned to oversee the construction of an airfield. What he found after a while, was a large amount of sexual misconduct. Gambling and fighting for women was to popular for his men, that is slowed their productivity. His solution was to provide comfort stations to his troops. Nakasone's idea became the law across all of the Japanese army bases. We know of his involvement, because of his 1978 memoir "Commander of 3,000 Men at Age 23."
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Balikpapan was the Naval Base where the idea of comfort women came from. Women from all over the area where brought in to camps, not just Chinese and Koreans.

WWII Affect

"Our job was to revitalize the soldiers," she says. "On Saturdays, they would start lining up at noon. And it would last until 8pm. There was always a long line of soldiers. On Sunday it was 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Again, a long line. I didn't have the chance to count how many." These where the words of a Comfort Woman. She explained the process in a perfect, but devastating way. The role of the women, was to provide relief to the men of war. If they didn't, the were considered traders of their country. Long lasting affect on the women was detrimental. Most of the survivors claim to have physical health problems and have lived with pain from their abuse. As for the men, they received relief in war, but still fell to the Allies. The true affect of Comfort Women, is now seen in the way Japan is looked at. Japanese warfare tactics are brutal and they will not be forgotten by many. For the women that survived (20-30%), they live to tell the story of when they where once stripped of their humanity.
Former 'comfort woman' recalls horrors
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Woman affected by the tragedy, now seek an apology and car from the Japanese government. Japan is unwilling to cooperate, because they claim they had no involvement with the situation.


Easy Bib

CNN, CNN CNN. "A Korean "comfort Woman" Still Seeks Redress from Japan - CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network, Apr.-May 2013. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.

Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.

Kotler, Mindy. "The Comfort Women and Japan’s War on Truth." The New York Times. The New York Times, 15 Nov. 2014. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.