Friday, March 23, 2007

Nakasone's comfort station

"I never had personal knowledge of the matter," Nakasone told reporters at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan when asked about wartime sex slaves, known in Japan euphemistically as "comfort women."

"I only knew about it from what I read in the newspaper," he said, adding that such enslavement was "deplorable" and that he supported the Japanese government spokesman's 1993 apology to victims.

A Nakasone memoir published in 1978 said that members of his 3,000-man navy unit in wartime Philippines and Borneo "began attacking women, while others took to gambling."

"At one point, I went to great pains to set up a comfort station" to keep them under control, he wrote. The essay was in an anthology of war accounts, "The Eternal Navy -- Stories to Hand Down to the Younger Generation."MSN・March 23, 2007

According to this blogger
and this blogger and others, on page 78 in the book in which the author interviewed Nakasone, Nakasone was supposed to have said;

That was a big troop consisting of as much as 3000 soldeirs.Some of them
started attacking local women and others started taking to gambles. For them, I had once taken great pains to set up a comfort station.

There is a blogger that doubts if Nakasone really said it in the interview, but that is not the point.
Supposing he said it and he lied at the press conference, still the Nakasone comment is consistent with the research so far done about the comfort station; Japanese troop set up the house for the comfort station, let the pimps recruit the women.

And if I remember correctly, it was Nanjing that motivated Japan to set up comfort station; In the infamous Nanjing massacre, Japanese soldiers started attacking women, and so the army asked to set up brothels. Keep in mind in the previous post, the woman detained
was the former prostitutes at Nanjing sold by her parents through the Korean agent.

And it is a cruel fact that there is a high rate of rapes without brothels at the place where military is.
See Japanese comfort women during the occupation

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