Japanese Newspapers and the Comfort Women Issue

image: Shunichi TakekawaThe 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.