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The Transnational Redress Campaign for Chinese Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence in Shanxi Province

  • Yuki Terazawa

Abstract

Since the subject of former military sex slaves, the so-called “comfort women” of the Japanese Imperial Army during the Asia-Pacific War, became widely known in the early 1990s, many groups and individuals in Asia and around the world have keenly watched the evolution of efforts to obtain redress for these women. Following Kim Haksoon of South Korea, who came forward in August 1991, women from South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, and the Netherlands have provided testimony about their ordeals and brought court cases against the Japanese government.1 The investigation of wartime sexual violence and slavery on mainland China began later. Although a few Chinese victims in Shanxi province had been identified in the early 1990s, it was not until the mid-1990s that activists and scholars began to seriously research and publicize the experiences of these Chinese women. Eventually three court cases involving a total of sixteen survivors of wartime rape in Shanxi province were brought before the Japanese court,2 along with a case on behalf of eight survivors from Hainan Island.3

Keywords

Shanxi Province Japanese Government Sexual Service Sexual Slavery Rape Survivor 
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