This week, we’re going to discuss one of the most reprehensible aspects of a war littered with horrible acts; the system of mass sexual slavery of women euphemistically dubbed “comfort women”. We’ll talk about the origins and nature of the system, and the reason why it has come back to haunt Japanese politics today.
Listen to the episode here.
Yoshiaki Yoshimi, The Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery in the Japanese Military During World War II
Toshiyuki Tanaka, Japan’s Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution During World War II and the US Occupation
Chunghee Sarah Soh, The Comfort Women: Sexual Violence and Postcolonial Memory in Korea and Japan
Margaret Stetz and Bonnie Oh, Legacies of the Comfort Women of World War II
One of the “Wednesday Protests” in Seoul outside the Japanese embassy