from ap: Japan’s abhorrent practice of enslaving women to provide sex for its troops in World War II has a little-known sequel: after its surrender – with tacit approval by US occupation authorities – Japan set up a similar “comfort women” system for American GIs, it was revealed today.
An Associated Press review of historical documents and records – some never before translated into English – shows that US authorities permitted the official brothel system to operate despite internal reports that women were being coerced into prostitution.
The Americans also had full knowledge by then of Japan’s atrocious treatment of women in countries across Asia that it conquered during the war.
Tens of thousands of women were employed to provide cheap sex to American troops until the northern spring of 1946, when General Douglas MacArthur shut it down.
The documents show that the brothels were rushed into operation as US forces poured into Japan beginning in August 1945…
UPDATE: thanks to an anonymous comment, here’s a video from ‘foreign exchange’ with fareed zakaria