Park 2011 Trials

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Author: Erica Park

Title: The Trials of a Comfort Women

Subtitle: -

Thesis: Senior Thesis, Claremont McKenna College

Year: April 2011

Pages: 47pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Japanese History | Prosecution: International Military Tribunal for the Far East, Trials / Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery; Types: "Comfort Women", Wartime Rape / Asia-Pacific War

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Link: Scholarship@Claremont (Free Access)

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Abstract: »The trials of a comfort woman was never revealed after the conclusion of WWII. More than half a century has passed before the name was uttered on the international stage. Why the sudden break of silence? What is the response of the Japanese government. In this paper, we discuss the issue of the comfort women and the the political implications it holds on Japan. Japan's failure to accept wartime reparation, largely due to Allied intervention, has resulted in the widening gap between Japan and Asia. This paper focuses on the combination of increased US influence as a result of the San Francisco Treaty of 1951 and Japan’s fervent nationalistic identity served to widen the gap between Japan and other East and Southeast Asian nations, making reconciliation over the issue of comfort women a problem that remains unresolved to this day.« (Source: Scholarship@Claremont)


  Chapter 1: Introduction (p. 3)
    Current Critical Reviews (p. 4)
  Chapter 2: The History of the Comfort Women and the Long Silence (p. 13)
    The Mobilization of Comfort Women for War (p. 14)
  Chapter 3: Tokyo War Tribunal (p. 19)
    The Asian Comfort women (p. 25)
    Cultural Influence (p. 29)
  Chapter 4: The Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal (p. 35)
  Chapter 5: Conclusion (p. 44)
  Bibliography (p. 45)

Wikipedia: Wartime sexual violence: Comfort women, International Military Tribunal for the Far East, Japanese war crimes, Pacific War, Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery

Added: June 22, 2013 – Last updated: February 28, 2015