We were stationed in Japan in 1955. This was after the Korean War, in which my husband had fought. Japan was no longer under occupation as it had been in the years after World War II, but we still lived very high on the hog. We had a Japanese girl who cleaned and cooked for us, and I hardly lifted a finger the whole two years I was there. Although SCAP [Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers] had tried to improve the plight of women in Japan, from what I could see things hadn’t changed too much. The American authorities had outlawed brothels in Japan, but the Pan-Pan girls still walked the streets and troops could hire a girl for a few dollars.

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