Even if the war ended in the mid-1940s, it was only in the 1990s when the issue on Korean, Chinese, Filipino and Vietname Comfort Women was opened to the public. These women are females who were forced into sexual slavery that would serve the Japanese military during the Second World War. Though there were hundreds and thousands of women who suffered from this ordeal, the conservative nature of society during the time inculcated in them a hesitation to cry out for help. It was only when the media started digging up dirt and took a serious look at this issue that tiny voices of women became larger than life and fought against this issue.
The rising concern and anger regarding the issue has led to studies and researches regarding what truly happened to these Comfort Women and why it took decades before the issue started to come out. Literature experts, researchers, anthropologists, historians and all those concerned came from different corners of the world to make their own investigations regarding the matter. One by one, they started to uncover the truth.
There are even Japanese writers who made their own works regarding the matter. One particular writer, named Senda Kakou wrote a book entitled “Comfort Women” in 1973. Compared to other writers, Senda focused on the Japanese participants of what is then called as Comfort Stations. His work was the first post war piece that ever mentioned the idea of comfort women during the war. Not being able to believe his words, people, historians and the government accused his work to be distorted and fraudulent. With this he was widely criticized and the issue died down until activism on the issue sparked up again in the 90s.
In 1989, another Japanese journalist created his own testimony of the issue. He too was accused to be fraudulent. In 1996, he admitted that his testimony was fictional, though there is some degree of truth behind what he wrote, some parts of his memoir was mixed with a few of his own assumptions.
These two people are only some of those who were daring enough to write about their own accounts regarding what happened during the war before activism on the issue rose to popularity in the 90s, may it be based on what they saw or heard, nobody will ever truly know until the facts within these works are proven to be true.
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