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Lecture: "Why Is the Intellectual History of Tokugawa and Meiji Japan So Interesting?"

Lecture: “Why is the Intellectual History of Tokugawa and Meiji Japan So Interesting?”

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:00 pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
Speaker: Watanabe Hiroshi (Professor, Hosei University)
Moderator: Bettina Gramlich-Oka (Associate Professor, Sophia University)
Language: English (without interpretation)
Admission: Free (reservations required, Seating: 140)
Organized by the International House of Japan

Query: first published uses of the term 'comfort woman'

H-Japan colleagues,

Does anyone know the first published use of the term 'comfort woman' (or 'comfort girl') in English?

I have found some examples as early as the 1950s.

Similarly, does anyone know the first published usages in Japanese of (jūgun) ianfu (従軍)慰安婦?

Any suggestions appreciated.

Vera Mackie

University of Wollongong