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Occupying Power: Sex Workers and Servicemen in Postwar Japan

Sarah Kovner


The year was 1945. Hundreds of thousands of Allied troops poured into war-torn Japan and spread throughout the country, altering both the built environment and the country's psychological landscape. The effect of this influx on the local population did not lessen in the years following the war's end. In fact, the presence of foreign servicemen also heightened the visibility of certain others, particularly panpan—streetwalkers—who were objects of their desire. This book shows how intimate histories and international relations are interconnected in ways scholars have only begun to explore. Altho ... More

Keywords: sex workers, Japan, servicemen, panpan, venereal disease, prostitution, sex work regulation, Japanese occupation, sexual slavery, sexual trafficking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804776912
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804776912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Kovner, author