JAPAN: Prostitutes' Union

The ranks of Japan's organized labor received an unexpected reinforcement last week. A prostitutes' union formally announced its organization to the Supreme Command. The new union was made up of house girls, including many defrocked geishas, who had banded together to meet increasing competition from unhoused streetwalkers. Its formation highlighted the plight of womanless G.I.s, and of Japan's geishas, many of whom, as a result of the war and postwar conditions, have taken to prostitution.

Occupation authorities still allow fraternization. But new rules have gradually narrowed the limits until the chief G.I. problem has become: how to fraternize. The G.I....

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