• Cedar Rapids, Iowa


U.S. Rep. Mike Honda of California recently introduced to Congress a resolution calling on the government of Japan to apologize for its implementation of a system of sexual slavery before and during World War II. Although Honda’s intentions are noble, the resolution manifests several misconceptions.

And the U.S. is not without its own history of engaging in forced prostitution. In the early months of the Occupation, Japanese leaders established an organization known as the Recreation and Amusement Association. Women were rounded up for the RAA from among the most destitute of the Japanese population and frequently serviced more than 20 men a day.

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