"Comfort Women" in Korea
Similar controversies surround the Japanese enslavement of women known as comfort women in Korea before and during World War II. Historians estimate the Japanese forced between 50,000 and 200,000 women into prostitution during this time. While the Japanese government has acknowledged the Japanese Imperial Army used Asian prostitutes, they argue the women were willing participants. In 1965 the Japanese agreed to pay reparations for these atrocities to the South Korean government.
Watch this lecture that discusses Japan's actions in Asia during World War II. How does this compare to how the Europeans treated the people who lived in their colonies?