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When a nation attempts to erase the history of a marginalized group, the preservation of such narratives becomes critical. The genuine culture of a nation is exposed when that which officials attempted to hide is analyzed. The comfort women scheme conducted by the Imperial Japanese Government serves as an example of this phenomenon. The comfort women system was more than sex trafficking; it was the climax of a sexist society. Japan had a long history of organized prostitution before the Second World War, but during the conflict, the demeaning actions committed against women extended beyond the nation. The Japanese government insists its history is one of honor, but to provide supposed essential comfort to Japanese soldiers, it destroyed the lives of countless women. The Japanese government is responsible for the largest state-sponsored sex trafficking scheme in modern history; such a structure does not develop quickly. The Imperial Army comfort women system augmented the long-established sex industry by pushing the establishment to be more barbaric, extensive, and global. The wounds inflicted by the age-old sex scheme further deepened during the Second World War and were then neglected; because of this, the system continues to plague the political history of Japan.
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Dale, Olivia and Masterson, James, "Comfort Women: The Climax that Exposed Japanese Culture" (2022). 2022 Celebration of Student Scholarship - Poster Presentations. 26.
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