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Author: Kathryn J. Witt

Title: Comfort Women

Subtitle: The 1946-1948 Tokyo War Crimes Trials and Historical Blindness

Journal: The Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History

Volume: 4

Issue: 1

Year: 2016

Pages: 17-34

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Asian History: Japanese History, Korean History | European History: Dutch History | Prosecution: Trials / International Military Tribunal for the Far East; Types: Forced Prostitution; Types: Wartime Rape / Asia-Pacific War


Link: Scholarship at UWindsor: Digital Repository of the University of Windsor (Free Access)


Abstract: »In this essay Kathryn Witt critically explores the little-known Japanese “comfort women” system — a system that forced women and girls into sexual slavery during and preceding the second World War. The essay starts with an overview of Japan’s colonization and formation of the comfort women system. Subsequently, it compares the Japanese system to the Korean and Dutch comfort women systems, before turning to the Tokyo War Crimes Trials. Witt argues that the United States government, through their representatives, manipulated the aforementioned trials to gain an ally in the Far East. Ultimately, Witt argues that this manipulation facilitated the historical blindness that is associated with the Japanese comfort women system during the second World War.« (Source: The Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History)

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