An independent panel’s findings made public last week on Asahi Shimbun’s retraction of a series of past articles on the “comfort women” issue offer important lessons to reporters, editors and management of media organizations — the need to promptly examine and make corrections, if necessary, when suspicion arises about the trustworthiness of news reports, to cast aside the desire to save the face of their organization and to prevent management’s excessive intervention in reporting activities.

At the same time, the mistakes made by the Asahi should not be used as an excuse to refuse to objectively look at the problems of Japan’s wartime behavior. The public and politicians as well as experts should resist any moves to put those problems into oblivion.

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