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“Japanese Military Sexual Slavery”: The im/possibility of representation and memory succession -A Focus on goblin cartoonist, Shigeru Mizuki-

Choe, EunSu 1

1한국연구재단

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ABSTRACT

This study focused on the representation of “Japanese Military Sexual Slavery” by Japanese national cartoonist Shigeru Mizuki in his work and examined the possibility of its representation and memory succession. This already presupposes a clear limitation that the person describing and representing wartime sexual violence against women is a former Japanese soldier. However, the reason why “Japanese Military Sexual Slavery” as a war memory was not inherited as a history of “father” in Japanese society after the defeat is not only because the subject of the memory succession is a “daughter” = woman. Gender does intervene in the impossibility of memory succession surrounding the “Japanese Military Sexual Slavery,” but that is not all. The “Japanese Military Sexual Slavery” is a scar = crime left in the history of a proud father who fought the war bravely and sacrificially, with this scar being a factor that can threaten not only the war but also the national identity of the Japanese.

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