No Comfort for the Women

BY DAN-CHYI CHUA
Jan 06, 2009
*Special to asia!

For 50 years, Jan Huff O'Herne clung on to a secret she could not tell her family because she was too ashamed.

The case for having "comfort women"

According to the Japanese government's study on "comfort women" the so-called "comfort stations" were established to:

1. "prevent anti-Japanese sentiments from fermenting as a result of rapes and other unlawful acts by Japanese miitary personnel against local residents"

2. "prevent loss of troop strength due to venereal and other diseases", and

3. "prevent espionage", presumably since the women were guarded at all times.

Along with locals, Japanese women were also made to serve as "comfort women".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dan-chyi chua

Dan-Chyi Chua was a broadcast journalist, before forsaking Goggle Box Glitz for the Open Road. A three-year foray led her through the Middle East, China, SE Asia, Latin America and Cuba, and she's now grounded herself as a writer for theasiamag.com, content with spending her days in Jerusalem.

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