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Occupying PowerSex Workers and Servicemen in Postwar Japan$
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Sarah Kovner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776912

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776912.001.0001

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Introduction

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Occupying Power
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804776912.003.0001

This book explores how and why the arrival of masses of foreign soldiers shifted the long-established landscape of the sex industry in fundamental ways. The period of this study considers the most dramatic events in Japan's twentieth century, including total war, unconditional surrender, and foreign occupation. The book also compares Japan to the occupations of Germany and Korea. Sex work in occupied Japan covers the fundamental questions about imperialism and individual agency, political economy and cultural change, and the political use and misuse of history. It is noted that Allied and Japanese authorities struggled to inflict some sort of regulatory system. In postwar Japan, it is remarkable how those who are usually thought of as the most powerless and most victimized were suddenly in a pivotal position. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords:   sex industry, foreign soldiers, Japan, foreign occupation, Germany, Korea, sex work, imperialism, political economy

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