“Among the many instances of wartime sexual violence and military prostitution in the twentieth century, the ‘comfort women’ system was distinguished by its large scale and systematic management under the military, and by its exploitation of young, poor, and vulnerable women in areas colonized or occupied by Japan.”
Comfort women and Korean society Right after the colonization they were labeled as "Damaged" "dirty" "tainted" women in Korean society
Due to these images, they were forced to hide their experiences and the violence and social injustice were silenced
In 1991, over 200 Korean comfort women came forward to sue Japanese government.
Sanctioning the brothels near the U.S Military base Presented by Bo Kyung Kim Silence broken trailer: Documentary Current status of the law sue: In 2000, there has been discovery of these photos (taken around 1944).
2005 and 2012, there have been two Korean comfort women who were identified from these photos
This photos are seen as the "physical" evidences Japanese government have been demanding
Fresh break to hope for new progress in these cases.
Despite the argument that the Korean government is making, the contradictory, cultural and political representation of comfort women shows the double victimization that comfort women are subjected to.
The Sankei has made a huge stink over the comfort women issue. The greatest denier of their reporting is Sankei’s former president, Nobutaka Shikanai, who served in the accounting division of the Imperial Japanese Army during the war. He was in charge of staffing and opening “comfort stations.”
There are hundreds of documents showing the Japanese military’s involvement in the comfort stations, as well as recent testimony. There are records from Japan’s postwar Ministry of Justice in which soldiers admitted to having been paid money to keep the crimes quiet as the war ended.
I will argue that the Korean government and society’s treatment and social condemnation of comfort women undermines the argument that is used in the law sue pursued against the Japanese government.
When questioned about this account at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in March 2007, he refused to give a final answer but agreed with the Kono statement (regarding the treatment of the comfort women) and said, “As a Japanese person, I think it’s something Japan should apologize for…and apologize again.”
In his memoir, “The Neverending Navy,” he described his wartime experiences managing troops: “After a while, some of the soldiers began to attack the women and gamble. So I took great efforts to build a comfort station.”
There is one uncomfortable truth about the comfort women. Prostitution was legal in Japan before the war and after. Yes, some of the women were well paid and treated reasonably well. Many comfort women were also Japanese women. Few of them have come forward.
comfort women are women and girls who were forced in to a prostitution by Japanese government
In 1932, "comfort station" was created: it is military sanctioned brothels
Approximately over 200,000 women were kidnapped or otherwise forced into becoming sex salves.
Physical, mental, and sexual abuse
Often subjected to No.
Continuation of tension between Korean and Japanese society “Comfort Women's Memorial Statue Vandalized” in 2012 December 4th with the wooden stake (Picture on the left)
Continuation on online with composed photo (on the right) in 2013 February 22nd 1) Japanese colonization August 29th 1910 to August 15th 1945 [35 years of colonization]
2) Korean war: 1950-1953 (Divided Korea to North and South)
3) The Basic Treaty between South Korea and Japan in 1965 (Until then there was no communication or trade between Japan and South Korea)
a) It has been stated that South Korea was economically forced to take the treaty even though they were not happy with the conditions.
Summary of Professor Park Yuha’s Book “Comfort Women of Empire”
to find out the truth. Professor Park of Sejong University in South Korea is the leading expert on comfort women issue.
However, in contrast death of two middle school girls in 2002 by U.S soldiers resulted social uproar and there have been social movement to remove U.S military assistance.
Allowing the sanctioning of the brothels near the U.S military is not only allowing the history to repeat it self but we are dishonouring Korean comfort women.