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GIs Frequented Japan's `comfort Women' (AP's historical hit piece)
AP via ABC News ^ | Apr 25, 2007 | ERIC TALMADGE

Posted on 04/25/2007 12:23:46 PM PDT by james500

Japan's abhorrent practice of enslaving women to provide sex for its troops in World War II has a little-known sequel: After its surrender with tacit approval from the U.S. occupation authorities Japan set up a similar "comfort women" system for American GIs.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Japan
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"Sadly, we police had to set up sexual comfort stations for the occupation troops," recounts the official history of the Ibaraki Prefectural Police Department, whose jurisdiction is just northeast of Tokyo. "The strategy was, through the special work of experienced women, to create a breakwater to protect regular women and girls."

Because otherwise, the Americans surely would have raped anything that moved?

1 posted on 04/25/2007 12:23:52 PM PDT by james500
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To: james500

Well I got a lot of comfort from the “working women” on Okinawa, and Honshu during 1966-67, and from the “working women” of Viet Nam in 1967-68. Semper Fi


2 posted on 04/25/2007 12:26:14 PM PDT by stumpy
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To: james500

’ “...I rushed there with two or three RAA executives, and was surprised to see 500 or 600 soldiers standing in line on the street,” Seiichi Kaburagi, the chief of public relations for the RAA, wrote in a 1972 memoir. He said American MPs were barely able to keep the troops under control....’


3 posted on 04/25/2007 12:27:55 PM PDT by Renfield
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To: james500
Because otherwise, the Americans surely would have raped anything that moved?

The Japanese assumed that was SOP for the US military. It was, after all, SOP for the Japanese Imperial Army.

4 posted on 04/25/2007 12:30:24 PM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: james500

So the Japanese police were setting up brothels for American servicemen? And the servicemen are to blame?


5 posted on 04/25/2007 12:35:17 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: james500
Although there are suspicions, there is no clear evidence non-Japanese comfort women were imported to Japan as part of the program.

Hit piece. Could it be a coincidence that Japanese sources dropped this on the U.S. media at the same time a resolution condemning Japan for the comfort women is pending in Congress???

Other armies raped. The Americans paid for it.

6 posted on 04/25/2007 12:35:31 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: james500

How much money did the Japanese police make off this operation?


7 posted on 04/25/2007 12:35:48 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: james500
Did the Japanese reveal that these women were forced into prostitution before opening the doors to American GIs? I'm fairly certain that if the US troops knew these were slave women, there is no way they would have used their "services". (At least not most.)

This is just another hit piece on the troops.

8 posted on 04/25/2007 12:36:14 PM PDT by scan59 (Nothing really changes)
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To: james500

“Because otherwise, the Americans surely would have raped anything that moved?” Snort. Like that ol’ serial rapist, Douglas MacArthur?


9 posted on 04/25/2007 12:37:40 PM PDT by 3AngelaD (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: james500

Because otherwise, the Americans surely would have raped anything that moved?


You have to remember that, when the Russians “liberated” the Germans from Hitler, the Russian Soldiers raped every female in German above the age of 10.

And during the “Rape of Nanking”, the Japanese raped and slaughtered their way through an entire city.

The Japanese expected to experience no less.

(This is not a new story - I have seen it at least once before.)


10 posted on 04/25/2007 12:38:13 PM PDT by Mack the knife
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To: james500

It was only a matter of time before the AP would take an issue like this and make sure it ended up being America’s fault.


11 posted on 04/25/2007 12:39:16 PM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: james500
(1) The article admits that this was legal under Japanese law.

(2) The article admits that these women were experienced prostitutes - not random women and girls forced into a life of prostitution.

(3) The article admits that these women were not only paid, but "highly paid."

(4) The article basically says that the ones who were unhappy were unhappy solely because of their racist feelings toward non-Japanese US soldiers, and because of their employers insistence that they not let their racist feelings influence their work.

So comparing this to the Japanese practice of kidnapping unwilling women off the streets and forcing them into prostitution as unpaid slaves is clearly disingenuous.

But the AP will do its level best to equate the two.

12 posted on 04/25/2007 12:39:38 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: james500

Actually, this is - in a sense - good news. It is a reminder, and the libs really need such a reminder, that everything bad in the world didn’t start with Bush, and that the myth that Bush has destroyed America’s values, sullied an unblemished record of virtue, is just that, a ridiculous and slanderous myth.


13 posted on 04/25/2007 12:42:19 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: stumpy

In March of 1968, I turned one year old. =]


14 posted on 04/25/2007 12:42:53 PM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: james500

[Tens of thousands of women were employed to provide cheap sex to U.S. troops until the spring of 1946, when Gen. Douglas MacArthur shut the brothels down.]

The brothels were probably closed because by 1946 the private sector was providing services to adequately meet this demand. The “oldest profession” is older than the U.S. or even Japan.


15 posted on 04/25/2007 12:43:29 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: james500

“Not one Japanese woman has come forward to seek compensation or an apology,” Wada said. “Unless they feel they can say they were completely forced against their will, they feel they cannot come forward.”

Not surprising, in light of Japanese moral codes as well as those of most other civilized nations.

“Because otherwise, the Americans surely would have raped anything that moved?”

They were judging us by the standards of their own military.

This is truly a disgusting and ugly part of American history. Leave to AP to dredge it up - especially right now.


16 posted on 04/25/2007 12:44:10 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: scan59
They weren't slave women. The article itself admits they were "highly paid."
17 posted on 04/25/2007 12:45:04 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: ZULU
This is truly a disgusting and ugly part of American history.

Except that it isn't.

18 posted on 04/25/2007 12:46:06 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: james500

The quotes from Japanese authorities in this article seem to be expressing a single excuse that does not seem to be supported by any factual information, namely the “you made me do it” excuse ... That’s about what you would expect from your typical five-year-old. No doubt none of the Japanese authorities made a dime from it (yeah, right)...


19 posted on 04/25/2007 1:08:33 PM PDT by Zeppo (We live in the Age of Stupidity. [Dennis Prager])
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To: wideawake

They made the whole thing up? WOuldn’t surprise me.

AP stinks.


20 posted on 04/25/2007 1:08:52 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: james500

Didnt the Fren ch do pretty much the same for the germans who occupied France? What about prostitution in Germany after the war?

How about Prostitution in Mexico now in the border towns opposite Ft. Sam Houston and Ft Bliss.?
Prostitution will always be available wherever soldiers are stationed. One way or another.


21 posted on 04/25/2007 1:12:54 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: james500

there’s a little difference between voluntary prostitution, and involuntary mass-rape of occupied people. that this guy doesn’t get it is part of a problem that he should work on.


22 posted on 04/25/2007 1:14:34 PM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: james500
The women who provided sexual comfort after WWII were happy to just have something to eat.

Japan was starving after WWII and this was a way for a women to survive back then !

23 posted on 04/25/2007 1:18:25 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: ZULU
They made the whole thing up?

Reading between the lines, it seems that the actual history is the following:

(1) When Japan surrendered, the Japanese government feared that the conquering Americans would behave exactly as the conquering Japanese did in the Philippines and elsewhere: i.e. round up whatever women they thought were attractive and put them in camps for systematic rape.

(2) To prevent this, the Japanese government hit upon the idea of ordering local women who were already working as prostitutes to report to police barracks.

(3) The Japanese government then welcomed US troops to these makeshift brothels to enjoy free sex at Japanese government expense.

(4) The Japanese government paid these women, and apparently paid them much better wages than non-prostitutes were making.

(5) Some of these prostitutes complained that they did not want to sleep with American soldiers, but preferred Japanese. So the government paid them more to convince them to go through with it.

(6) When Douglas MacArthur became aware of the arrangement, he decided to abolish it a few months after it began.

Not a glorious moment in US history, but it is understandable that not all GIs would turn down an offer of free sex, especially when it was advertised as a government-sponsored service by the local police.

There is no comparison between this and the systematic rape Japan practiced in conquered territories - but the AP is attempting to compare it.

24 posted on 04/25/2007 1:19:41 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: james500
After its surrender with tacit approval from the U.S. occupation authorities Japan set up a similar "comfort women" system for American GIs.

I guess they thought it was their way to say "sorry."

25 posted on 04/25/2007 1:20:04 PM PDT by krb (If you're not outraged, people probably like having you around.)
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To: james500
My guess is that no Japanese woman will claim such money as proper redress.

I believe that this was similar to the traditional Yoshiwara district; if so, then this would be treated by Japanese as traditional mizu-shobai behavior.

26 posted on 04/25/2007 1:28:18 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: stumpy

Same here,VN 70-71.

The MPs would bring the girls to us as Quang Tri was
off-limits.

This stuff has been going on forever I imagine.

AP story,just another hit piece on our troops


27 posted on 04/25/2007 1:28:51 PM PDT by 31M20RedDevil (Duncan Hunter / Fred Thompson, I like the sound of that.)
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To: krb

one heck of a reparations program!


28 posted on 04/25/2007 1:29:00 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The arrogance of ignorance is astounding" NVA 4/22/07)
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To: james500
Or that the elite white male soldiers would have made them dance for them first.

-PJ

29 posted on 04/25/2007 1:36:43 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: james500
Into the 1970’s the Okinawan women were still providing this “service” to American servicemen. After reversion to Japan (1972) it became shameful for Okinawans to be prostitutes (or to provide “special” services in the steam houses) The local mafia continued to provide however by importing women from the Philippines to work the profession. It was also fairly common for American women (service women and dependents) to “hook” wealthy Japanese men vacationing in Okinawa (think Miami) as a easy way to make a few extra bucks. There will always be some of this activity where you have lonely men willing to seek “comfort” where they can find it. Far, far different from slavery enforce prostitution that is a war crime as practiced by the Japanese...
30 posted on 04/25/2007 1:39:00 PM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: Oberon; james500
Because otherwise, the Americans surely would have raped anything that moved?

The Japanese assumed that was SOP for the US military. It was, after all, SOP for the Japanese Imperial Army.

Exactly. And Japanese propaganda had been preaching this to whole country as they prepared for the U.S. invasion.

31 posted on 04/25/2007 1:49:52 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: wideawake

AP stinks and I KNOW why they are raising this issue right at this point - to discredit American military forces in Iraq.


32 posted on 04/25/2007 2:11:21 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: james500

AP: “Prostitution=Rape”


33 posted on 04/25/2007 2:55:55 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: 31M20RedDevil

Welcome home brother. Semper Fi.


34 posted on 04/25/2007 3:02:16 PM PDT by stumpy
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To: stumpy
Well I got a lot of comfort from the “working women” on Okinawa, and Honshu during 1966-67, and from the “working women” of Viet Nam in 1967-68

So THAT'S why you're called 'Stumpy'! I just thought you were a wood-worker.

"No need aputate; three day, it turn black, fall off by itself!" LOL

35 posted on 04/25/2007 3:05:34 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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