SDHF Newsletter No.348 CONTRACTING FOR SEX IN THE PACIFIC WAR A RESPONSE TO MY CRITICS
CONTRACTING FOR SEX IN THE PACIFIC WAR
A RESPONSE TO MY CRITICS
J. Mark Ramseyer
January last year, a storm of protests against Harvard Professor Ramseyer’s academic paper “Contracting for Sex in the Pacific War” occurred not only in Korea but also in America and Europe. It was really an extraordinary event, because the protesters (more than 3000 scholars joined) demanded that an academic paper be withdrawn without academic discussion process.
We refuted such unfair attack at Ramseyer. On April 24, 2021, we held a seminar to counter argue their non-theoretical critics. We have been publishing translation of a book “Comfort Women All Signed a Contract of Agreement” written by Arima Tetsuo, Professor at Waseda University in this Newsletter.
Now Professor Ramseyer compiled his responses to his critics as follows:
CONTRACTINF FOR SEX IN THE PACIFIC WAR
A RESPONSE TO MY CRITICS:
In his response articles, he perfectly demonstrates that Japanese military’s 200,000 forced conscription has not a single evidence material and third party person testimony. Most critics argue that there were never contract between the comfort women and the brothels. For example Suk Gersen, Harvard says in newspaper Joong Ang Ilbo;
“I examined the references of Professor Ramseyer’s article and found out that there were no contracts related to South Korean women at the wartime comfort stations nor secondary sources indicating the presence of contracts in question.”
But this is a sheer lie. Ramseyer cited in his paper “U.S. Office of War” information, in which the contract the comfort women signed is clearly mentioned.
In this response paper, the source of contract information is listed using as many as 6 pages.
Every one with academic thinking and human conscience will conclude that Ramseyer made a complete victory in this controversy.
MOTEKI Hiromichi, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact