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Thursday, November 15, 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

Takashi Uemura, Former Asahi Shimbun Reporter,

Visiting Professor, the Catholic University of Korea and Publisher of "Shukan Kinyobi (Weekly Friday) "

The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English Interpretation

"The Legal Fight over the Reporting of Comfort Women"

Last week, the Sapporo District Court announced a landmark decision relating to the issue of "comfort women," Asian women pressed into service across a vast network of Japanese wartime military brothels. The court ruled against Takashi Uemura, a former journalist with the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, in his suit against Yoshiko Sakurai, an ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who accused him of fabricating stories. Sakurai says the women were prostitutes and blames the Asahi for spreading falsehoods.

Uemura has suffered harassment, denunciations and violent threats since writing the articles in 1991 describing the testimony of a South Korean "comfort woman." He is fighting a second libel case in Tokyo against Tsutomu Nishioka, a professor of Korean studies at Tokyo Christian University, and Bungei Shunju, the magazine that published articles he says defamed him. Uemura says the Sapporo court decision is wrong.

Despite a "final and irrevocable" deal to end the comfort women dispute in 2015, the issue continues to poison ties between Japan and South Korea. Seoul now looks set to scrap a fund partly set up by Japan to compensate the surviving women. Uemura will give his views on his court battles and on the diplomatic row that again threatens to disrupt business between the two Asian powers.


Doors open for TV at 12:00. For all others at 12:20, still cameras included.

5F Marunouchi Nijubashi Bldg., 3-2-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005


〒100-0005 東京都千代田区丸の内3-2-3 丸の内二重橋ビル5階

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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