The “Comfort Women” Debate in Major Japanese Newspapers

On Friday, April 4, 2014, Shunichi Takekawa, Associate Professor in the College of Asia Pacific Studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, elaborated upon the “comfort women” debate among major Japanese newspapers that began in the early 1990s.  Central to this media-political debate are understandings of coercion and the roles of organizations in the recruitment of so-called “comfort women”.  Dr. Takekawa argued that reconciliation between competing ideological camps must start with a reconciliation among Japanese national newspapers.  A spirited debate developed amongst attendees after the presentation on this delicate and multifaceted issue.

(l to r): Religion Professor Michel Mohr, Betsy Kawamura, Shunichi Takekawa, Sociology Professor Patricia Steinhoff, CJS Director Mary McDonald, Robert Kuo