Added: January 7, 2017 – Last updated: January 7, 2017
Speaker: Yuki Tanaka
Title: Continuing Denial of the Victimization of Women
Subtitle: Japan's military sex slaves in World War II
Institution: Institut für Japanologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Place: Berlin, Germany
Date: June 13, 2016
»In the first half of my paper I briefly examine the history of the widespread and systematic sexual enslavement of women (the so called “comfort women system”) that was operated by the Japanese Imperial Forces in many parts of the Asia-Pacific during the 15-year Asia-Pacific War between 1931 and 1945. I then examine the distinctive characteristics of this system, comparing it with military violence against women committed by military forces of other nations, such as Germany and the U.S. during World War II and the post-war occupation period. In addition, I analyze the differences and similarities between Japanese military sex slaves and the military prostitution system operated by many other military forces during World War II.