'Comfort women' issue refuses to go away

| Oct 27, 2014

'Comfort women' issue refuses to go away

by Reiji Yoshida

“Comfort women,” as Japan refers to the females who were forced into sexual servitude for the nation’s wartime forces, have been a constant source of controversy since the early 1990s, when the media started to take a serious look at their ordeal. These women ...

Oct 9, 2014

The dangers of intolerance

Two universities in Japan have received letter threats that nail-laden bombs will go off on their campuses if they don't dismiss two instructors who formerly reported on the "comfort women" controversy for the Asahi Shimbun.

Sep 26, 2014

Don't curb your reporting, lawyers tell Asahi

As one of Japan’s most respected newspapers incurs a tumult of jeers from critics for admitting erroneous reporting, a group of prominent lawyers is rallying in its support. On Friday they urged the Asahi Shimbun not to discipline its staff but to keep its ...

McCarthyism, Japan-style

Sep 25, 2014

McCarthyism, Japan-style

by Jiro Yamaguchi

The inordinate attacks by right-wing media and politicians on the Asahi Shimbun after the newspaper retracted and apologized for past reporting errors on two controversial topics does not bode well for the spirit of future press inquiry in Japan.