Occupying Power: Sex Workers and Servicemen in Postwar Japan by Sarah Kovner

By Sarah Kovner

The 12 months was once 1945. millions of Allied troops poured into war-torn Japan and unfold through the nation. The impact of this inflow at the neighborhood inhabitants didn't decrease within the years following the war's finish. actually, the presence of overseas servicemen additionally heightened the visibility of yes others, relatively panpan—streetwalkers—who have been gadgets in their hope.
Occupying Power indicates how intimate histories and diplomacy are interconnected in methods students have merely all started to discover. intercourse employees who catered to servicemen have been quintessential to the postwar financial restoration, but they have been still blamed for raises in venereal affliction and charged with diluting the japanese race via generating mixed-race offspring. In 1956, Japan handed its first nationwide legislations opposed to prostitution, which produced an unanticipated impression. through finishing a centuries-old culture of intercourse paintings rules, it made intercourse staff much less obvious and extra weak. This probing background finds an enormous yet underexplored element of the japanese profession and its influence on gender and society. It shifts the phrases of dialogue on a couple of controversies, together with Japan's historical past of compelled sexual slavery, rape accusations opposed to U.S. servicemen, competition to U.S. out of the country bases, and sexual trafficking.

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