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Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue
Regissør: Miki Dezaki
(USA, Japan)

Why are certain people in a position of power so preoccupied with killing those women who demand justice for the sex work they were forced to perform during World War II?

"The Case of Comfort Women Is Not Settled." That message cuts Miki Dezaki to stone from the beginning of her documentary. Occupation troops use local women for sex work is a phenomenon known from many war contexts. What is referred to by the term "comfort women" is a system put in place by the Japanese military as Japan in the 1940 occupied large parts of East and Southeast Asia, including Korea, the Philippines, former French Indochina and parts of China. .

The silence broken

Although most of those who were put to work as comfort women for the Japanese soldiers have long since died, some of them are still alive, and so are their demands for recognition and compensation. Japan for many years refused to talk about the matter at all and denied that such a thing as a comfort women system had existed. Many of the women remained silent most of their lives; they hid their past for fear of how the environment would judge them. Since the 1990s, however, the comfort women case, and the demand that Japan take formal responsibility for it, is. . .

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Nina Trige Andersen
Trige Andersen is a freelance journalist and historian.

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