Tanaka Yuki (freelance historian and journalist, emeritus of Hiroshima Peace Institute)
The lecture is a collaboration between Institute for Japanese Studies (Katja Schmidtpott) and GEAS
In the first half of my paper I briefly examine the history of the widespread and systematic sexual enslavement of women (the so called “comfort women system”) that was operated by the Japanese Imperial Forces in many parts of the Asia-Pacific during the 15-year Asia-Pacific War between 1931 and 1945. I then examine the distinctive characteristics of this system, comparing it with military violence against women committed by military forces of other nations, such as Germany and the U.S. during World War II and the post-war occupation period. In addition, I analyze the differences and similarities between Japanese military sex slaves and the military prostitution system operated by many other military forces during World War II.
In the second part of my paper, I discuss in brief the history of the movement that denies the existence of the Japanese military sex slave system, and examine Japan’s present social formation, which allows people like the current prime minister Abe Shinzo and other nationalistic politicians to openly exercise hegemonic masculinity. For this purpose, I examine Japan’s current socio-economic systems that clearly discriminate against women. I focus on various social problems that confront Japanese women such as the employment system, the pension system, domestic violence and sexualized popular culture, which widely disseminate ideas of misogyny in Japanese society, influencing everyone, including women.
Jun 13, 2016 | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Holzlaube 2.2059 (2nd floor)