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The “Forced mobilization” of the Japanese Military “comfort women” system shown in the documents of the war crimes trials against Japan —Focusing on the Tokyo Trial materials—

  • 日本硏究
  • 2020, (52), pp.201-221
  • DOI : 10.20404/jscau.2020.02.52.201
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : December 31, 2019
  • Accepted : January 29, 2020
  • Published : February 20, 2020

KANG KYUNGJA 1

1영산대학교 국제학연구소

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ABSTRACT

This paper aims to prove the "coerciveness" of the Japanese "comfort women" system by selecting and analyzing "comfort women" materials in the war crimes trials against Japan. Through the Kono statement(1993), the Japanese government acknowledged "military involvement" and the "coerciveness"of the Japanese "comfort women" system. However, the current Abe government, claiming to inherit the Kono statement, is trying to blur "comfort women" issues by repeatedly questioning the "Forced mobilization" of the Japanese "comfort women" system. Thus, this paper tries to prove the "Forced mobilization"of the Japanese "comfort women" system by gathering the Japanese war crimes trials materials, including bills of indictment, written judgments, and statements of witnesses, and by checking and analyzing the original texts. As a result, it proved the "coerciveness" of the "comfort women" system in a narrow sense, the "forced mobilization" of kidnappings of comfort women, which the Abe government denies.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.