Military Prostitution During Japan 's Imperial Rule

864 WordsApr 1, 20174 Pages
Many historians have addressed the issue of military prostitution during Japan’s imperial rule and the United States role in it during their reign. For roughly 50 years’ comfort women were the silent victims of war. During the 1990’s and 2000’s many Korean comfort women came into the lime light by opening up about their experiences in the comfort system. The Feminist Studies journal published Na Young Lee’s scholarly work, “The Construction of Military Prostitution in South Korea during the U.S. Military Rule, 1945-1948”, in which the author argues the view held by Korean feminist NGO’s in light to the Untied States responsibility for the eradication of the prostitution system is exaggerated. In addition, Lee adds that it not only…show more content…
Lee outlines many of the laws implemented by the U.S. government in relation to prostitution and disease control. In addition, the author adds the serious problem that the U.S. government faced in regards to STD contraction and the failure to suppress prostitution. Instead, the U.S. government with the support from Korean elites, took the initiative to control their dilemma. The belief that prostitution should be abolished lied widely on the shared thought that it was a remnant of the premodern, patriarchal rule in which the Korean people had escaped from. In addition to this belief, the abolishment of prostitution would also make advancement for a democratized, civilized, and independent society. In response to the added pressure of these beliefs, the U.S. Military government and the South Korean Interim Legislative Assembly passed the Abolishment of Public Prostitution Law. However, this law only abolished licensed prostitution, not private. The privatization of prostitution opened a gateway of new problems faced by the U.S. military. With the increase in population and the dislocation of many workers a lot of women turned to private prostitution. The U.S. government established The Women’s Bureau under the Department of Public Health and Welfare, in which, they were to take charge of the Japanese imperial policies in regards to prostitution but also the the post-abolition allocations. Lee states, in
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