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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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The Presence of the Past

The Presence of the Past

Controversies over Sex Work Since 1956

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(p.139) Six The Presence of the Past
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Occupying Power
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804776912.003.0007

This chapter describes the consolidation of new sexual markets that persist to this day. The 1956 law resulted in the demise of licensed sex work. The Prostitution Prevention Law and the impulse to define sex work as a social evil have deeply regulated both Japan's sex industry and the lives of individual women. The Law has made it much harder for women to organize against the abuses and demand better working conditions. It is then shown that the Child Prostitution and Child Pornography Law is widely considered as a success for a transnational alliance of feminists, child welfare, and human rights activists. Japanese women had relationships and in some cases offspring with men from many countries. Furthermore, it is noted that sex work no longer plays the part in the Japanese economy that it did during the early postwar years.

Keywords:   sexual markets, 1956 law, Prostitution Prevention Law, sex work, Japan, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography Law, Japanese women, Japanese economy

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