According to testimonies, young women were abducted from their homes in countries under Imperial Japanese rule. In many cases, women were lured with promises of work in factories or restaurants. In some cases propaganda advocated equity and the sponsorship of women in higher education. Other enticements were false advertising for nursing jobs at outposts or Japanese army bases; once recruited, they were incarcerated in comfort stations both inside their nations and abroad. Military correspondence of the Imperial Japanese Army shows that the aim of facilitating comfort stations was the prevention of rape crimes committed by Japanese army personnel and thus preventing the rise of hostility among people in occupied areas. Since prostitution in Japan was well-organized, the Japanese government and military developed a similar program to serve the Japanese Armed Forces. According to Japanese historian Yoshiaki Yoshimi , however, the comfort stations did not solve, but aggravated the first two problems. Yoshimi has asserted, "The Japanese Imperial Army feared most that the simmering discontentment of the soldiers could explode into a riot and revolt. That is why it provided women".
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The death in South Korea of a World War II sex slave "comfort woman" has reopened demands for Tokyo to pay more reparations for allowing its troops to rape thousands of imprisoned Asian women. The death from cancer of year-old Kim Bok-dong on January 28 silenced a woman who, for almost 30 years, led weekly protests for more compensation in front of the Japanese Embassy's wartime location in Seoul. The Japan's military enslaved Ms. Kim and thousands of other Asian females as "comfort women" who were forced to provide sexual services to Japanese troops during the war. Up to , females, most of them teenagers, were raped while imprisoned by Japan's military in China, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, according to London-based Amnesty International. In , the human rights organization brought Lee Yong Soo and another so-called "comfort woman" here to Bangkok during the publication of Amnesty International's report titled, "Justice for Survivors of Japan's Military Sexual Slavery System". Lee described how a fearful Japanese kamikaze suicide pilot insisted he had fallen in love with her, even while continually raping her during the war. Lee, then a year-old South Korean, said during an interview in Bangkok. In , Japanese authorities kidnapped the girl and took her to Pyongyang, now the capital of North Korea, and imprisoned her on a ship where she was tortured, threatened, and forced to allow hundreds of Japanese soldiers sexually abuse her.
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According to Korea Verband, a nonprofit association based in Berlin, its chairperson Han Jung-hwa donated a small statue of a girl to Ravensbruck Memorial, located in Brandenburg, northern Germany, in The German museum, which was built to commemorate the largest concentration camp for women on German soil during World War II, had exhibited the statuette since then. But last year, the Japanese embassy demanded the state government of Brandenburg and the memorial hall withdraw the bronze figurine from display.
Hundreds of mourners, many dressed in black and holding paper cutouts of yellow butterflies that the year-old had adopted as a symbol, crowded around a bronze statue of a girl representing the thousands of Asian women experts say the Japanese military forced into front-line brothels as it pursued colonial ambitions. The memorial, which mixed grief with simmering anger toward Tokyo, was the culmination of an hours-long march that wrapped up a five-day commemoration of Kim, who had regularly led rallies at the site to demand that Japan more fully acknowledge the suffering of the so-called "comfort women," the euphemism given to the women and girls enslaved by the Japanese and a term embraced by some of the dwindling number of victims over "sex slave. Japanese leaders have previously offered apologies or expressions of remorse, but many of the women and their supporters want reparations from Tokyo and a fuller apology. Of the Korean women who have come forward as victims, only 23 are still alive. Kim, who died Monday and had been suffering from cancer, had been a beloved leader of the protest movement, often sitting beside the bronze statue at weekly rallies that have been held since on a strip of sidewalk across from the site of the embassy. Her death has been met with grief around South Korea, with President Moon Jae-in crediting her relentless advocacy for giving South Koreans the "braveness to face the truth.