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Apr 25, 2007 9:47 pm

Small comfort, greater shame.

"'As expected, after it opened it was elbow to elbow,' the history says. 'The comfort women...had some resistance to selling themselves to men who just yesterday were the enemy, and because of differences in language and race, there were a great deal of apprehensions at first. But they were paid highly, and they gradually came to accept their work peacefully.'" The continuing furor in Asia over Japan's ignominious use of" comfort women" (re: forced prostitution) during WWII reaches America, as it comes to light that occupation Japan created a similar" comfort system" for American GI's in the year after the war (until MacArthur shut it down in the spring of 1946.)"An Associated Press review of historical documents and records shows American authorities permitted the official brothel system to operate despite internal reports that women were being coerced into prostitution. The Americans also had full knowledge by then of Japan's atrocious treatment of women in countries across Asia that it conquered during the war...Although there are suspicions, there is not clear evidence non-Japanese comfort women were imported to Japan as part of the program." [Cross-posted at GitM.]

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