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File #: 210175-A    Version: Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/25/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/4/2021
Title: Refuting the article, "Contracting for Sex in the Pacific War," which contradicts the historical consensus and evidence of the thousands of women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army before and during WWII, written by J. Mark Ramseyer: Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies at Harvard Law School.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Henon
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 210175-A01, As Amended on Floor.pdf, 2. Signature210175-A01
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Refuting the article, "Contracting for Sex in the Pacific War," which contradicts the historical consensus and evidence of the thousands of women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army before and during WWII, written by J. Mark Ramseyer: Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies at Harvard Law School.

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WHEREAS, Harvard Law School Professor J. Mark Ramseyer's recent academic paper, "Contracting for Sex in the Pacific War," is a grossly inaccurate and is an offensive accounting of the thousands of women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army before and during World War II. These victims of sexual exploitation came to be known as the "comfort women"; and

WHEREAS, The brutal human trafficking scheme forcibly removed young women from several Japanese-occupied lands across Asia, including Korea, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Burma, Vietnam, and Thailand. The great majority of these women were from Korea; and

WHEREAS, Estimates vary, but it is said anywhere between 200,000 and 400,000 women were victimized, and 90 percent of them did not survive the war; and

WHEREAS, On August 4, 1993, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono announced that, "The Government of Japan has been conducting a study on the issue of wartime 'comfort women' since December 1991...The Government study has revealed that in many cases they were recruited against their own will, through coaxing coercion, etc., and that, at times, administrative/military personnel directly took part in the recruitments"; and

WHEREAS, Secretary Kono offered an apology for the terrible suffering caused, and promised that Japan would, "face squarely the historical facts as described above instead of evading them, and take them to heart as lessons of history"; and

WHEREAS, However, under the Abe administration, a government panel was formed to investigate the origins of the 1993 Kono statement, and later its findings were strongly critic...

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