In this issue
This issue leads with Miki Dezaki’s resounding legal victory over comfort women denialists, whose objections to his hit documentary Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue were recently dismissed by a Japanese court. David McNeill explains why much of Japan’s media greeted the decision with silence. Elsewhere, Dan Orlowitz recounts his experiences in the “closed-loop” system for journalists covering the Beijing Winter Olympics, and Ilgin Yorulmaz looks at allegations of widespread abuse in Japan’s foreign technical internship program. Haruko Watanabe extends a warm welcome to the Club’s new General Manager, Toru Morishima, and Mark Schreiber looks back at 100 years of shukanshi weekly magazines. In his regular column, Philip Brasor reviews the controversy over Japan’s latest UNESCO World Heritage List nomination, and Anthony Rowley uses a recent appearance at the FCCJ by former prime ministers Naoto Kan and Junichiro Koizumi to weigh up the environmental case for nuclear power, 11 years after the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi.
Images: Miki Dezaki - Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue. Artwork by Julio Shiiki.