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LEGACIES OF THE COMFORT WOMEN OF WORLD WAR II, edited by Margaret Stetz and Bonnie B.C. Oh. M.E. Sharpe: Armonk, NY, 2001, 230 pp., $55 (cloth)

Japan’s official policy of centralized recruiting and dispatching of “comfort women” to carefully administered comfort stations under military control has been bitterly disputed by reactionaries in Japan attempting to glorify, vindicate, mitigate and shift responsibility for the war onto others, and reimpose an exculpatory, sanctimonious narrative of Asia’s shared past. Only grudging and hedged admission of responsibility has been made by the government, and proponents of the “pride by denial” school of history continue their efforts to suppress and minimize textbook coverage of the issue.

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