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The Recreation and Amusement Association (RAA, 特殊慰安施設協会), or more literally Special Comfort Facility Association, was the official euphemism for the prostitution centers arranged for the U.S. armed forces in Occupied Japan after World War II. Prostitution is the sale of sexual services, such as oral sex or sexual intercourse, for money. ... The armed forces of the United States of America consist of the United States Army United States Navy United States Air Force United States Marine Corps United States Coast Guard Note: The United States Coast Guard has both military and law enforcement functions. ... History of Japan Paleolithic Jomon Yayoi Yamato period ---Kofun period ---Asuka period Nara period Heian period Kamakura period Muromachi period Azuchi-Momoyama period ---Nanban contacts Edo period Meiji period Taisho period Showa period ---Japanese expansionism ---Occupied Japan ---Post-Occupation Japan Heisei // Surrender Japan surrendered to the Allies on August 14... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb. ...

The RAA was created on August 28, 1945 by the Japanese Home Ministry to contain the sexual urges of the occupation forces and protect the main Japanese populace from rape. The RAA's own slogan was "For the country, the breakwater of sex to protect Japanese women" (お国のために日本女性を守る性の防波堤). In September, the system was extended to cover the entire country. August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Unlike wartime "comfort women," most employees of the RAA were Japanese women and no forcible kidnapping of women for recruitment by soldiers took place. According to most sources, the women were prostitutes recruited by advertisement as well through agents. However, there are testimonies from some women saying that they were coerced into service as bonded labor, and some Japanese sources even assert, albeit without proof, that the centers were in fact set up by the U.S. and the Japanese women in them were sex slaves. Comfort women is a euphemism for women forced to work as prostitutes in military brothels in Japanese-occupied countries during World War II. Comfort women were from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and other Japanese-occupied countries/regions. ... Sexual slavery is a special case of slavery which includes various different practices: forced prostitution (which can include religious prostitution) single-owner sexual slavery slavery for primarily non-sexual purposes where sex is common or permissible In general, the nature of slavery means that the slave is de facto available...

In January 1946, the RAA was terminated by an order to cease all "public" prostitution. The ban is traditionally attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, but was almost certainly propelled by rapidly spreading venereal disease among the troops. 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Eleanor Roosevelt Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American human rights activist, diplomat and as the wife of President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the United States from 1933-1945. ... Sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), are diseases that are commonly transmitted between partners through some form of sexual activity, most commonly vaginal intercourse, oral sex, or anal sex. ...

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The Joy Divisions, appearing in Ka-tzetnik 135633s 1955 novel, The House of Dolls, describes a group of Jewish women in the concentration camps during World War II who were kept for the sexual pleasure of Nazi soldiers. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


  • Downer, Lesley Women of the Pleasure Quarters: The Secret History of the Geisha, Broadway, 2001. ISBN 0767904893 ISBN 0767904907
  • Molasky, Michael S. American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa, Routledge, 1999. ISBN 0415191947 ISBN 0415260442
  • Tanaka, Yuki Japan's Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution During World War II and the U.S. Occupation, London, Routledge: 2002. ISBN 0415194016.
  • Yoshimi, Yoshiaki Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery in the Japanese Military During World War II, Columbia University Press, 2001. ISBN 023112032X
  • Dower, John W. Embracing Defeat. Japan in the Wake of World War II, New York, Norton: 1999. ISBN 0393046869

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