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Comfort Women and Post-Occupation Corporate Japan

1st Edition

By Caroline Norma


182 pages

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This book provides an overview of the Japanese sex industry in the years of Japan’s postwar economic boom. It argues that the origins of gender inequality in contemporary Japan resulted from the policies put in place during this period, when there was instituted a “sexual contract” which provided male salarymen whose work was arduous, underpaid and subject to military-like organisation with easy access to women’s bodies, through workplace getaway trips to hot springs resorts, hostess bars, and prostitution tourism to South Korea, as sexual inducement to acquiesce to their own exploitation. Japan’s economic growth, the book thereby contends, came at the price not just of environmental and labour degradation, but also gender inequality.

Table of Contents

Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Corporate subcontracting of sexual and social imperatives Chapter 2: Finding the state in the sex industry of the high growth era Chapter 3: The 1950s new deal of the post-occupation patriarchal state Chapter 4: Ian Ryokou workplace getaway trips Chapter 5: Hostess bars and corporate entertaining in the 1960s Chapter 6: Corporate kisaeng prostitution tourism Conclusion: Prostitution as an institution of the peacetime state

About the Author

Caroline Norma is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne.

About the Series

ASAA Women in Asia Series

The primary aim of this important series is to publish original, high quality work on all aspects of women in Asia. Submissions are welcomed from prospective authors, both new and established scholars, working in any appropriate discipline, and should in the first instance be sent to the series editor. Email:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General