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First published: August 8, 2020 - Last updated: May 1, 2023


Speaker: Tomomi Yamaguchi

Title: The History Wars and the Comfort Woman

Subtitle: Revisionism and the Right Wing in Contemporary Japan and the U.S.

Event: Lecture held at Boston University

Place: Boston, Massasuchetts, United States

Date: October 17, 2019

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: U.S. History; Asian History: Japanese History | Types: Forced Prostitution / "Comfort Women" Issue and Historical Revisionism, "Comfort Women" Commemoration / Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Asia-Pacific War


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Speaker: Tomomi Yamaguchi, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Montana State University -, Wikipedia

Abstract: »An issue of intense controversy currently in Japan is "comfort women," with many in the right wing relentlessly attacking the accepted historical narrative and denying that there was any government involvement in, or corresponding responsibility for, a system of sexual slavery. Right-wing media and intellectuals have begun to use the term "history wars" to refer to this development. They have criticized the "comfort woman" monuments, resolutions, museum exhibits, and coverage of "comfort women" in history textbooks and curriculums in the U.S.. In particular, as "comfort woman" monuments and statues have been built in various locations in the world, including the U.S., during the last decade, they have become the target of attacks from the Japanese government and Japanese right-wingers. They consider the United States to be the major "battleground" on the "comfort woman" issue, as well as to the United Nations.
Based on her anthropological fieldwork on the Japanese right-wing activities in the U.S. and Japan, as well as the experiences of people involved in the making of the "comfort women" memorials in the U.S., Prof. Yamaguchi will demonstrate how this issue functions as an important rallying point to tie together disparate right-wing elements including the Japanese government. She will also highlight how the acts of remembering and commemorating the survivors' experiences of wartime violence against women become such a contentious, political issue that mobilize the Japanese right-wing so intensively and emotionally both in Japan and the United States.« (Source: Boston University)

Publication: Yamaguchi, Tomomi. »The "History Wars" and the "Comfort Woman" Issue: The Significance of Nippon Kaigi in the Revisionist Movement in Contemporary Japan.« The Transnational Redress Movement for the Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery. Edited by Pyong G. Min et al. Berlin 2020: 233-260. - Bibliographic Entry: Info

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Japan / Shōwa era | History of the Americas: History of the United States | Prostitution: Forced prostitution / Comfort women | Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence / Wartime sexual violence in World War II | War: Pacific War / Japanese war crimes