One of the most contentious issues facing Korea and Japan is that of the wartime use of women as sex slaves. But what happens when a major paper recants its stories? It’s one conversation taking place in Asia… now.
In the 1980s, the Asahi Shimbun reported, without thorough investigation, that Seiji Yoshida forcibly took local women from South Korea’s Jeju Island to serve as comfort women, or as the UN refers to them as enforced sex slaves.
“We have judged that Mr. Yoshida’s statement, in which he said that he took comfort women by force from Jeju Island, was fake, and we retract the article. At the time we could not figure out that the statement was fake,” wrote the Asahi Shimbun recently.
What’s the background on Seiji Yoshida’s contribution to the Asahi Shimbun and the effect of its retraction? Today, I discuss that topic is Michael Cucek, Adjunct Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies at Temple University Japan.
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