After the voice of the Emperor at noon only a few days ago, people are changed. They no longer answer the call of the nation, but only to themselves as they stand in the ruined cities. People push others for water, people push others off the trains, people push others so that they can survive, just one more day. Charred bodies lie on the streets, and they walk atop them as skulls and bones crumble under their weight; people build shelters from someone else’s misfortune, squat on land because there is no one to claim it. They have woken up from a long dream, and what people see, whether they like it or not, is their true selves, self-centered, greedy, merciless, and what matters is not the past, of the lost war, the surrender, but this moment, and how to ease hunger.
Signs appear all over Ginza, on newspapers, We require the utmost cooperation of new Japanese women who participate in a great project to comfort the occupation forces, which is part of the national emergency establishment of the postwar management. Female workers, between 18 – 25 years old, are wanted. Accommodation, clothes, and meals, all free.⁴ And girls all over, girls who have lost their parents in air raids, young women who lost their husbands, girls who must take care of their young siblings, answer the call, 1,500⁵ or 1700 of them within the first few days, not knowing what is to be demanded of them, not understanding what the government has done during the war, drafting in registered Japanese prostitutes and kidnapping women from occupied areas to comfort the imperial soldiers. The war is over, and men in the government know that all men need women, whether you are Japanese or American or white or black, all men need women to fuck, during war or during peace time. So instead of men raping good Japanese women, as Japanese men had done in Siberia, in China, in Indonesia, in the Philippines, they would create a barrier, professionals to take care of the need. And these girls, without knowing what will be demanded of them, answer the call for shelter, for money, for food, for jobs, but not for the country as they had done only a few days before.