Added: October 25, 2008 – Last updated: May 16, 2015
Author: Tetsuo Asō – Translator: Hal Gold
Title: From Shanghai to Shanghai
Subtitle: The War Diary of an Imperial Japanese Medical Officer, 1937-1941
Pages: vi + 199pp.
Series: Signature Books
»"My war records are of military comfort women…", writes Dr. Aso, "…cabaret dance girls, the military secret service, missionaries, and ... the incident". The "incident", as it is often referred to in books about Japanese comfort women, alludes to the fact that Dr. Aso (1910-1989) was the first Japanese medical officer officially ordered to perform health examinations on military comfort women. This policy was instituted in 1937 for a new contingent of comfort women freshly sent to Shanghai to serve the Japanese military. It was the initial measure undertaken by the Japanese High Command to reduce venereal disease among the troops. Dr. Aso performed this duty throughout the term of his assignment in China.
Original: Asō, Tetsuo. Shanghai yori Shanghai e: Heitan byōin no sanfujinka. Fukuoka 1993.