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For decades, Ikuhiko Hata has enjoyed a well-earned reputation as the leading authority in the world on the history of Japan’s role in World War II. Now, Jason Morgan’s excellent translation of Hata’s 1999 book Comfort Women and Sex in the Battle Zone, which the author has revised and updated to cover recent debates on the issue, makes this extraordinary historian’s work available to the broader international community. This work by a careful, thoughtful historian who follows primary documents meticulously to build his conclusions should be the definitive study on the highly controversial Comfort Women issue that, up to now, sadly has generated more heat than light. An essential work for historians, policy analysts, political scientists, politicians and anyone who wants to truly understand a sad chapter in modern history (Kevin M Doak, Georgetown University)
Questions over the wartime “comfort women” issue have marred Japan-South Korea relations for many years. How many women were involved? Were they mainly Koreans? Were they forcibly abducted? Are their testimonials reliable? Who ran the “comfort stations”? Was life there harsh? What other armies had “comfort women”? Should Japan go on apologizing for its transgression? In this book, Hata Ikuhiko, the leading military historian of Japan, tackles these difficult questions by thoroughly examining official and private sources in Japan, Korea, and other places under Japanese control during WWII. His findings shed new light on this controversial issue, ultimately showing that war produces the ugliest crimes, in this case against helpless young women. (Ben-Ami Shillony, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- Publication date : August 15, 2018
- File size : 7342 KB
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- Print length : 399 pages
- Publisher : Hamilton Books (August 15, 2018)
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0761870334
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- ASIN : B07GRGZCRB
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- Language: : English
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One of the key benefits of Prof. Hata’s book is that it destroys the myths that Leftist-backed forces today, mainly working at the behest of the People’s Republic of China, continue to use in order to weaken the U.S.-Japan alliance and turn the world against Japan. For example, Prof. Hata demonstrates that if broken down ethnically, the largest group of comfort women were in fact Japanese (not Korean), and that comfort women were contract laborers, not “sex slaves.” Needless to say, slaves have no rights and cannot sign contracts, just for starters. And slaves cannot sue or testify in court. Slaves also don’t earn money and aren’t allowed to have their own savings accounts. Comfort women, by contrast, did all of these things and more, and many of them returned to their homelands once their contracts were completed. With almost 400 pages that include several additional chapters in addition to the original work in Japanese, Prof. Hata’s objective analysis covers so much material, but here are a few that I found most intriguing:
1. information dealing with the comfort station in Hankou, China, the largest one ever for Imperial Japan, presents ample details that completely debunk the ‘forcibly abducted and/or conscripted sex slave’ narrative that led to some calling comfort stations as ‘rape centers.’
2. the realistic estimate of the number of comfort women based on the demand by the Japanese military (2.5 million men which Hata views as reasonable given the dire circumstances of the war) comes to 16,000 or 20,000 at the most.
This book must be thoroughly studied by those who have a genuine interest in the comfort women issue.