Comfort Women and the Professors

Harvard Law School John M. Olin Center Discussion Paper No. 995

30 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2019

Date Written: March 13, 2019


We in the West have embraced an odd "narrative." The Japanese army of the 1930s and 1940s, we write, forcibly drafted 200,000 mostly Korean teenage girls into "rape camps" called "comfort stations." Should anyone question the story, we summarily consign the person to "denier" status.

This makes for a strange phenomenon. Only a few of the comfort women claim to have been forcibly recruited, and several of them had told a different story before the reparations campaign against Japan began. A strongly leftist affiliate runs their nursing home, controls whom they can see, and vilifies any woman who might say anything else. In fact, no one has ever located any documentary evidence that the Japanese military forcibly recruited any Korean woman into a comfort station. And when Korean academics question the orthodox account, their own government sometimes prosecutes them for criminal defamation -- indeed, sent one heterodox professor last fall to six months in prison.

Keywords: Prostitution, Indentured Servitude, Japan, Korea

JEL Classification: J47, K12 K36, N15, N35, N45

Suggested Citation

Ramseyer, J. Mark, Comfort Women and the Professors (March 13, 2019). Harvard Law School John M. Olin Center Discussion Paper No. 995. Available at SSRN:

J. Mark Ramseyer (Contact Author)

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