comfort girl

comfort girl

slang A woman or girl forced into sexual slavery or recruited into prostitution by and in service of the Japanese Imperial Army before and during World War II. Although the Japanese government officially admitted to its role in coercing women to become comfort girls during the Second World War, there are still many who deny how many women were affected and the extent to which the government was responsible at the time.
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However, a lawsuit to be filed December 6 in Tokyo's District Court on behalf of three Korean women who claim to have been jugunianfu ("comfort girls") threatens to upset the pattern of bureaucratic evasions and to force Japan to confront its wartime record--not only vis-a-vis the United States but also with regard to its Asian neighbors.
She claims that she and her sister were abducted to serve as comfort girls for Japanese soldiers.
Attorney Takagi Kenichi, who is handling one of the former comfort girls' cases, hopes that the emergence of the three, in addition to new documentation of the practice found in the Diet library, will force a ruling against the government.
The comfort girls' case has been largely ignored by the Japanese and Western press, lost in all the hype about the fiftieth anniversary of Pearl Harbor.