A Harvard University professor who argued that the Japanese army did not force Korean " comfort women " to work in brothels for the military but that they were willingly recruited as prostitutes has come under increasing fire from Koreans, with a group of Harvard students demanding he apologise and retract his paper. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. The association also pointed out that year-old Ramseyer - who grew up in Japan , has taught at a number of Japanese universities, is fluent in the language and was in awarded the Order of the Rising Sun for his contributions to the promotion of Japanese society and culture - cited virtually no Korean sources for his research. Ramseyer argued that the women were not coerced into working in the sex industry but were voluntarily employed under the terms of contracts that were sufficiently "generous" to offset the dangers and likely damage to their reputation that the job entailed. The women "chose prostitution over those alternative opportunities because they believed prostitution offered them a better outcome," he wrote. Published in the March edition of the review, the academic paper - "Contracting for sex in the Pacific War" - was preceded on January 12 by an opinion article in the conservative Sankei Shimbun daily in Japan in which Ramseyer stated: "The claims about enslaved Korean comfort women are historically untrue.
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Comfort women were [ discuss ] women and girls forced into being sex slaves by the Imperial Japanese Army in occupied countries and territories before and during World War II. Estimates vary as to how many women were involved, with numbers ranging from as low as 20, by Japanese historian Ikuhiko Hata  to as high as , to , by Chinese scholar Hua-Lun Huang  ; the exact numbers are still being researched and debated. Originally, the brothels were established to provide soldiers with voluntary prostitutes in order to reduce the incidence of wartime rape , a cause of rising anti-Japanese sentiment across occupied territories. According to testimonies, some young women were abducted from their homes in countries under Imperial Japanese rule. In many cases, local middlemen tasked with procuring prostitutes for the military lured women with promises of work in factories or restaurants.
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In what heinous example, she recalled standing in a crowd of 10, people assembled to watch the execution of 11 musicians who allegedly made a pornographic video. Security guards ordered the viewers to leave their classes and stand in a stadium around the men, who were tied up and gagged. And the guns were fired one after the other. Their bodies were blown to bits, totally destroyed, blood and bits flying everywhere…and then, after that, military tanks moved in and they ran over the bits on the ground where the remains lay.
The court called Japan forcing the women — only five of whom are still alive — to be sex slaves "a crime against humanity. The case in which the ruling was handed down on Friday opened in April last year. The Japanese government has never been involved, insisting the lawsuit should be dismissed on the grounds that "the state is immune from the jurisdiction of the court of a foreign country. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that Japan could not accept the court's ruling, while Kato called it "unacceptable," and urged Seoul to take "appropriate measures" to have it dismissed. Even South Korea's Foreign Ministry said that while it respected the court's judgments, "the government acknowledges the formal agreement of the two governments which was made in December