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Sanitized SexRegulating Prostitution, Venereal Disease, and Intimacy in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952$
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Robert Kramm

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520295971

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520295971.001.0001

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Comforting the Occupiers

Comforting the Occupiers

Prostitution as Administrative Practice in Japan at the End of World War II

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Sanitized Sex

Robert Kramm

University of California Press

Chapter 1 addresses sexuality and prostitution as key elements in the emergence of postwar Japanese nationalism. It tackles the imaginary encounter of occupier and occupied in the post-surrender period before the actual arrival of the occupation forces, analyzing Japan’s authorities’ conceptualization to build a “female floodwall.” The second half of the chapter deals with the first physical encounter between occupiers and the occupied, in which nationalistic fears and desires imagined prior to the occupiers’ arrival were resurrected. It assembles accounts of sexual violence, in particular the rape and molestation of Japanese women by American and Allied servicemen, which Japan’s authorities heavily exploited and integrated into narratives of the victimizing of defeated Japan by vengeful occupiers.

Keywords:   encounter, Japanese postwar nationalism, prostitution, sexual violence

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