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Fuss about 'Anti-Japan Tribalism'

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By Kang Hyun-kyung

The best-seller "Anti-Japan Tribalism," which denies Japan's use of wartime sex slavery and slave labor, has generated much buzz.

The book, a collection of 25 academic papers written by six authors, including retired Seoul National University economics professor Lee Young-hoon, presents alternative explanations about the Japanese colonial rule and its consequences on Korea.

Professor Lee blames historians for fabricating historical facts, calling them "liars."

According to him, the Japanese military introduced the wartime military brothels, or comfort stations, in 1937 to "boost" soldiers' morale as it was at or prepared for war against China and the United States.

The economist says the pimps were Koreans who were sort of business partners of the comfort women. The two sides shared income from sex trade in accordance with ratios previously agreed upon. In this sense, Lee claims, comfort women were self-employed women and had freedom of mobility once their contracts with their pimps ended. It was the Korean........

© The Korea Times