The role of newspapers in the politics of the “comfort women” issue in Japan will be the topic of a presentation April 4, 2014, in the Center for Japanese Studies Seminar Series. The speaker will be Shunichi Takekawa, an associate professor in the College of Asia Pacific Studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. The title of his talk is “Rivalry among Major Newspapers in Japan on the ‘Comfort Women’ Issue.
Takekawa will demonstrate how newspapers such as Asahi shimbun, Yomiuri shimbun, and Sankei shimbun competed with each other over the “comfort women” issue in the 1990s and further complicated the public discourse. He will also attempt to provide insights into the role of newspapers in the “comfort women” issue today and their impact on Japan’s relations with the Republic of Korea.
Takekawa will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4, in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319). The talk is free and open to the public. For further information, see the Center for Japanese Studies Web site at http://www.hawaii.edu/cjs or contact the Center at (808) 956‑2665.