Mark Ramseyer that claims sex slaves taken by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II were actually recruited, contracted sex workers generated international controversy, academic criticism, and student petitions at Harvard this week.
Since World War II, Japan has propped up and dissolved compensation funds, dealt with lawsuits and investigations, and issued and walked back apologies to comfort women. Of the few surviving comfort women today, many have said they are still waiting for justice.
The U. Commission on Human Rights, Amnesty International, and many notable scholars in Korea, Japan, the United States, and other countries have published extensive reports documenting the explicit sexual slavery of comfort women. Ramseyer argues in his paper that comfort women were not coerced, but voluntarily employed under the terms of a contract.
Yuji Hosaka — a political science professor at Sejong University in Seoul often cited in Korean press — suggested in an interview the possibility that Mitsubishi donated money to the University to establish the professorship and give Ramseyer this role. Spokespeople for the University and the Law School did not respond to a request for comment.
Ramseyer, who was raised in Japan, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun ina Japanese government distinction for those who promote Japanese culture abroad.
Dudden said after reading the article, she wrote to Ramseyer, responding to inaccuracies she noticed in his logic. The first is his claim that recruiters and brothel operators, rather than the Japanese government or military, were responsible for forcing women to work at the comfort stations.
Japanese government documents provide evidence that the Japanese military secretly selected independent recruiters and forced them to operate comfort stations, Hosaka added. Harvard Law School professor Noah R. Katharine H. The consulate did not respond to a request for comment Friday. Several Harvard undergraduates said they reacted with disbelief and disappointment when they first encountered news of the article in South Korean media.
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