skip navigation

CrimeSolutions.gov

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 
  NCJ Number: NCJ 176512     Find in a Library
  Title: Comfort Women: Japan's Brutal Regime of Enforced Prostitution in the Second World War
  Author(s): G Hicks
  Date Published: 1994
  Page Count: 303
  Annotation: Using official documents and other original sources never before available, this book tells the story of how over 100,000 women across Asia were victims of enforced prostitution by the Japanese Imperial Forces during World War II.
  Abstract: Until as recently as 1993, the Japanese government continued to deny that this occurred. From the late 1980s, women's groups in Korea and Japan began to organize to place the truth of what happened on the political agenda. The first ex-comfort women began to testify publicly to their ordeals. What has emerged is convincing evidence of a large-scale, officially organized system of rape by the Imperial Japanese Forces. Thousands of women, from young village girls to older professionals, an estimated 80 percent of them Korean, were part of the comfort system across Asia. In February 1993 a group of Japanese scholars called on their government to break a long taboo and allow school history books to cover atrocities committed during Japan's colonial rule in Korea from 1910 to 1945. Until now, the Education Ministry has kept any reference to comfort women out of the Nation's textbooks. In 1938 the Japanese Imperial Forces established a "comfort station" in Shanghai. This was the first of many officially sanctioned brothels set up across Asia to service the needs of the Japanese forces. It was also the first comfort station where women, many in their early teens, were coaxed, tricked, and forcibly recruited to act as prostitutes for the Japanese military. This is an account of a shameful aspect of Japanese society and psychology, and it also explores Japanese racial and gender politics. This book allows the victims of this institutionalized rape and war crime to tell their stories, which include the aftermath of shame, alienation, and psychological damage for the victims. In addition to demanding that their stories be acknowledged in the official history of the war, former comfort women are mounting legal efforts to gain compensation from the Japanese government. A 42-item select annotated bibliography and a subject index
  Main Term(s): Criminology
  Index Term(s): Rape ; Sex offenses ; Sex establishments ; Cultural influences ; Psychological victimization effects ; Human rights violations ; Crime in foreign countries ; Female victims ; Prostitution causes ; War crimes ; Japan
  Publication Number: ISBN 0-393-03807-6
  Sale Source: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States of America
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
   
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:
https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=176512

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.