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Spring 2023


During the Second World War, Japan was an imperialistic powerhouse that took over most of Southeast and South Asia during the war. In this time of conflict, Japan committed atrocities that are still being questioned to this day. One of their lesser-known war crimes was the enactment of so-called comfort stations during this war. These stations provided Japanese military men with sex from women, dubbing them “comfort women.” These stations were established widely throughout the Japanese empire after the events of the Nanking Massacre to prevent rapes of women in captured territories and to protect their soldiers from venereal disease.1 The Japanese Army obtained these women from all around Asia, mostly from their colonial holdings. At the end of the war, Japan like any other defeated country tried to sweep many things under the rug including the issue of comfort women.

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