- Series: Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture
- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; Revised edition (July 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231120338
- ISBN-13: 978-0231120333
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crucial reading. (Katha Pollitt The Nation)
Yoshimi, a reputable historian/scholar... has meticulously sleuthed out chronological data, exposing from its bitter outset that sordid, endless business of sexual slavery. Yoshimi's account extends to the essence of feminist political purpose... The book makes solid headway toward legitimizing his demands for public access to still-secret documents; acknowledging and apologizing for all violations of international law and war crimes and for failure to punish guilty parties; rehabilitating and compensating victims... A vigorous work, enhanced by a precise, graceful translation. (Choice)
Comfort Women's command of documentary materials makes it a landmark for historians, human rights activists and general readers. (Georgette Fleischer Los Angeles Times Book Review)
As a piece of historical literature,Comfort Women is interesting as an in-depth look at the politics and psychology of a particular time, as much as it is a chronology of what happened to the comfort women and why they were forgotten. One of the most interesting things about it, however, is its unique place in history as the virtual smoking gun that supplied the damning evidence the world needed to hear in order to fully understand and come to grips with this issue....A convincing writer and powerful advocate, Yoshimi has shown by words and actions his willingness to campaign not only as an intellectual who loves the truth, but as a person of tough moral fiber who will stand up for human rights, even as a majority of one. (Martha Vickery Korean Quarterly)
Yoshiaki's invaluable study explodes the claims of Japanese right-wing nationalists that comfort women were merely wartime prostitutes... Citing official military records and correspondence, he proves beyond doubt that the victims of this monstrous system were actually sex slaves subjected to repetitive rape and violence... [this book] belongs in most libraries. (Library Journal (starred review))
it is necessary and compelling reading...invaluable addition...fascinating (Wendy Anderson Asian Studies Review)
Yoshimi provides a wealth of documentation and testimony to prove the existence of some 2,000 "comfort stations" where as many as 200,000 women of varying nationalities, euphemistically known as "comfort women," were imprisoned and forced to engage in sexual activity with Japanese military personnel.
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Now, sixty years after Japan's unconditional surrender, there were survivors in Philippine, Korea and China. They broke their silence to testify in US Congress lately with the help of Congressman Mike Honda. How shameful of the Prime Minister of Japan Abe to deny this large scale of international violation of human right. The Japanese government raped these poor women once more! How can we trust Japan for world peace?
Reading this book on Japanese crime against humanity and their shameful denial now would make you join the global campaign to condemn the Japanese now and then!
The true depth of the abuses of the Japanese military vanished with those documents forcing us to use mostly oral sources to discover the truth. However the oral stories from around the Pacific Rim are largely the same: with a few notable exceptions young women were kidnapped and forced in to sex slavery.
Unlike the German government the Japanese government has never accepted their crimes. I suppose it's natural to be ashamed of so much cowardice and cruelty but it means that this wound will always blacken the whole nation of Japan, long after the criminals are all dead.
Why say all this? Because so much of this book relies on oral histories (even the best Japanese documents are often letters home that describe the brothels rather than official documents). The apologist cling to their desperate plea of "almost no official documents" as if somehow a government letterhead spelling out the crimes is better proof than a thousand tearful stories from a dozen nations that match so well that an organized system of sex slavery is clearly what existed.
Reading this is not easy and you may come away with a bias against the Japanese. Remember that many nations have committed dark acts and yet went on to do great and good things. It is not the purpose of this book to condemn a nation, merely to condemn the criminal cowardice of the Japanese Army of that time.
One day Japan will embrace that truth, and on that day they will have their honor back.
This book should be included in our text book to teach our new generation that freedom and liberity is not FREE and there is always a price to pay.
If the Japanese government is not so sensitive and being over-protective about the issue, they should use this book as one of their text book in learning the mistake in their past, and hopefully they won't make the same mistake again in their new generation.