Yoshiaki Yoshimi


Yoshiaki Yoshimi (吉見 義明, Yoshimi Yoshiaki, born 1946) is a professor of Japanese modern history at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan. Yoshimi is a founding member of the Center for Research and Documentation on Japan's war responsibility. He was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and he studied at the University of Tokyo. Yoshimi has done major work on the study of war crimes perpetrated by the Imperial Japanese Army and the Imperial Japanese Navy during the first part of the Shōwa period. He has published his research on the use of chemical weapons by the Army, ordered by Emperor Shōwa himself. Yoshimi is mostly noted for his work regarding the comfort women. He found the first documentary evidence in the Defense Agency Library of Tokyo that the Imperial Japanese Army established and ran "comfort stations". One of these was a notice written on 4 March 1938 by the adjutants to the Chiefs of Staff of the North China Army and Central China Expeditionary Army titled "Concerning the Recruitment of Women for Military Comfort Stations". The gist of the document is as below: "Many agents should have required special attention. Some of them accentuated the name of the armies as much as they might  ( Wikipedia article )


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Yamaguchi Prefecture


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University of Tokyo

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