Comfort Women: WWII Japan’s Military Sex Slaves

This episode contains graphic descriptions and explicit content. Women were recruited, coerced, and abducted on a mass scale, to be systematically raped by soldiers and officers, by order of the Japanese military during World War II. Seth Daire and JJ Janflone shine light on the horrific abuse these women experienced. While the Japanese government has partially acknowledged what happened, they have failed to take full ownership of a war crime they had instituted as official policy in 1937.

Henson, Maria Rosa. Comfort Woman: A Filipina’s Story of Prostitution and Slavery under the Japanese Military. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999.
McCurry, Justin; Kaiman, Jonathan (April 28, 2014). “Papers prove Japan forced women into second world war brothels, says China.” The Guardian.
Min, Pyong Gap. “Korean “Comfort Women”.” Gender & Society 17, no. 6 (2003): 938-57.
Qiu, Peipei, Su Zhiliang, and Chen Lifei. Chinese comfort women: testimonies from Imperial Japans sex slaves. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Soh, Chunghee Sarah. The comfort women: sexual violence and postcolonial memory in Korea and Japan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Stetz, Margaret and Bonnie B. C. Oh. Legacies of the Comfort Women of World War II. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2001.
Tanaka, Yuki . Japan’s Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution during World War II and the US Occupation. London: Routledge, 2002.
Yoshimi, Yoshiaki. Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery in the Japanese Military during World War II. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.