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Occupying Power: Sex Workers and Servicemen in Postwar Japan

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The year was 1945. Hundreds of thousands of Allied troops poured into war-torn Japan and spread throughout the country. The effect of this influx on the local population did not lessen in the years following the war's end. In fact, the presence of foreign servicemen also heightened the visibility of certain others, particularly panpan—streetwalkers—who were objects of thei ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Stanford University Press (first published January 25th 2012)
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Oct 08, 2015 G.G. rated it it was amazing
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A deeply impressive work of research. The author has consulted archives and libraries in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland (the League of Nations Archive), and the United States, and is thus able to include the British Commonwealth Occupation Force as well as American servicemen in her consideration of the sexual politics of the Allied Occupation of Japan.

Perhaps Kovner's most original arguments are that it was "popular distaste for prostitution with non-Japanese clients" that not only
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