South Korea has had tortured relations with Pyongyang and Tokyo. The author discusses them and offers suggestions on some complex factors behind the problem.
The comfort women myth has already deeply wounded Japan-South Korea relations. Is the latest breakthrough enough to promote a resolution in this history war?
"Now, anyone who spends thirty minutes skimming the internet will discover that there's a real debate" about the comfort women issue ー Dr J Mark Ramseyer.
Using Twitter and other social media, emotional attackers sought to cancel a Harvard Professor's article on the comfort women issue, but documentation won out.
Facts and painstaking scholarly work helped Professor J Mark Ramseyer overcome ignorance and hate to overturn a popular fiction on the comfort women debate.
Predictions are that the core of this historical confrontation will shift as South Koreans take a fresh look at North Korea's role. Will Tokyo follow?
"My position on the comfort women issue is predicated on historical evidence and research" says Dr Tetsuo Arima in response to critics who would "cancel" him.
Pyongyang has peddled the comfort women story to divert attention from its weapons program and state-sponsored abduction.
The quest for historical truth requires healthy debates, not politicizing history and canceling others to silence. True historians do not politicize the past.
Hata provides an objective dissent on orthodox views of comfort women in Korea while also acknowledging the poverty that plagued many Chosun women victims.
In "Comfort Women: The North Korean Connection," Waseda U's Tetsuo Arima and Harvard Law's J Mark Ramseyer expose how Pyongyang is driving the historical lie.
Authored by J Mark Ramseyer and Tetsuo Arima, "Comfort Women: The North Korean Connection" is the No. 1 most-downloaded SSRN paper in its category of all...