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China's first "comfort women" research report published
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16:05, July 04, 2007

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China's first research report on "comfort women" was published yesterday. The research results revealed that the Japanese army had requisitioned temples to serve comfort stations; and one comfort station in Shanxi was operational until at least 1947, after Japan was defeated.

The report was completed by the original investigation committee of China's "comfort women" injury facts. The committee began its investigation last September and completed the first stage in March of this year. The investigation focused on five counties and cities in Shanxi Province, two counties in Hainan province, and six counties and cities in Yunnan province.

Their investigation confirmed that there are sixteen survivors living in four counties of Shanxi province, one survivor in one Hainan province county. These seventeen victims were taken by the Japanese military to the barracks or near the barracks, and were sexually assaulted. The youngest of these seventeen victims was only twelve years old and the oldest was twenty-one years old. In addition, the families of two victims were also interviewed.

The research found that after Japan was defeated, the remaining Japanese army in China still utilized the system of "comfort women." The investigation shows that after Japan surrendered in 1945, remnants of the Japanese army were put into the Kuomintang's Yanxishang local armed forces; but still maintained an independent organizational system. A section of the remaining Japanese army was organized into the "sixth brigade of security". This brigade has once issued a notice in Japanese, telling remaining Japanese soldiers to set up a comfort station in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province. This research results confirmed that the "comfort women" system, that was set up by the Japanese army and persecuted women, continued to operate until at least 1947.

Kang Jian, the lawyer involved in this investigation, said that this is China's first systematic research of comfort women's injury facts. The first phase of the investigation will be published in three batches of reports. There will be a large scale investigation in the future.

By People's Daily Online

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