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Noun1.ianfu - a woman forced into prostitution for Japanese servicemen during World War II; "she wrote a book about her harsh experiences as a comfort woman"
cocotte, cyprian, fancy woman, lady of pleasure, sporting lady, tart, woman of the street, working girl - a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
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(2) In Japanese [phrase omitted] (ianfu), [phrase omitted] (wianbu) in Korean.
Dubbed ianfu (comfort women), these grandmothers, now in their 80s and 90s, are still waiting for 'adequate compensation and official acknowledgment of their victimization.'
Rekishininnshikiwo Toinaosu: Yasukuni, Ianfu, Ryodomondai [Re-questioning historical recognition: Yasakuni, comfort women, territorial issues], Kadokawa One Theme 21, April, pp.
History textbooks no longer mention ianfu (comfort women) -- a controversial term that refers to women who were forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers during World War II.
To the servicemen of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy of World War II they were Jugun Ianfu. To the foreign media they have become 'comfort women', legions of damned young women who had remained in anonymous shadows of hardship and shame for almost sixty years until in the 1990s a shocked world heard their horrific stories.