Almost always disposed of from mainstream learning of warriors in antiquated Japan, is the part ladies played as wives of the samurai or warriors in their own particular right. The essential part of ladies of the samurai class had been to support the family and their husbands. During the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), ladies were responsible for raising their youngsters with the best possible samurai upbringing. The ladies of this period were permitted rights to legacy and to pass on property. They controlled the household finances, and dealt with the staff. Ladies were also anticipated that would guard their homes in times of war. This period in Japanese history delivered some of the most famous ladies: Tomoe Gozen, wife of Minamoto Yoshinaka and a furious warrior extremely capable with sword and bow; and Hojo Masako (1157-1225), wife of Minamoto Yoritomo and known as the “cloister adherent shogun”. In keeping with customs of the time, Hojo Masako turned into a Buddhist pious devotee upon the demise of her husband in 1199. After Yoritomo’s passing, Hojo Masako alongside her dad and son, usurped the genuine decision power from her dead husband’s decision Minamoto family to her own Hojo tribe. Her efforts gave the Hojo group genuine control over the now ‘manikin administration’ Minamoto faction.
But women weren’t always warriors. During the WWII, many women became sex slaves to the Japanese army. That is why the Asian Women’s Fund was a fund set up by the Japanese government in 1994 to distribute compensation to comfort women in South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, the Netherlands, and Indonesia. Each survivor was provided with a signed apology from the prime minister, stating “As Prime Minister of Japan, I thus extend anew my most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women.”The fund was dissolved on March 31, 2007.
- ¥565m ($4.7m) was raised in donations from the Japanese people, and given to 285 comfort women from Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines, each of whom received about 2m yen ($16,700)
- ¥770m ($6.5m) in taxpayers’ money was provided to pay for medical fees for these women, and for 79 other women from the Netherlands
- ¥370 million ($3.1m) was spent building medical facilities and old peoples’ homes in Indonesia, rather than compensating individuals there, and the rest was used for the fund’s running costs and other smaller projects
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