February 16, 2021
Harvard Professor’s Article Sparks Outrage Over Its Depiction of Japanese Military Brothels
By Mitch Shin
While U.S. scholars and politicians criticized the article, it was defended by far-right activists in Japan – and South Korea.
January 26, 2021
Conflict Between South Korea and Japan Surges Again With Court’s ‘Comfort Women’ Decision
By Mitch Shin
The Japanese government rejected a court ruling on compensation for South Korean women forced into sexual slavery during World War II.
January 09, 2021
Seoul Court Orders Japan to Compensate 12 Korean Sex Slaves
By Associated Press
The ruling recalls the 2018 judgment on forced labor that sparked a trade war between Japan and South Korea.
September 04, 2020
Abe Shinzo’s Legacy in South Korea
By Kyle Ferrier
South Korea-Japan ties during Abe’s tenure can probably best be described as persistent lows, punctuated by what have proved to be mostly ephemeral highs
May 13, 2020
South Korean NGO’s Role in Supporting ‘Comfort Women’ Questioned
By Tae-jun Kang
Accusations from a former victim of pilfered donations have sparked controversy.
January 10, 2020
Before #MeToo, There Were the ‘Comfort Women’
By Esther Brito Ruiz
The survivors of Japanese sexual slavery started a pioneering human rights movement combating sexual abuse.
June 19, 2018
Why the 'Comfort Women' Issue Still Matters, 70 Years Later
By Hiroka Shoji
The refusal to adequately address past atrocities permeates how women are viewed in Japanese society today.
January 31, 2018
Confronting Korea’s Censored Discourse on Comfort Women
By Joseph Yi
Controversy over the comfort women is partly rooted in a Manichean worldview dividing people into innocents and oppressors.
January 11, 2018
The Japan-South Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Survives (Barely)
By Yuki Tatsumi
After months of speculation, Moon's administration decides to keep to the 2015 agreement.
December 30, 2017
Japan Must Not Renegotiate the Comfort Women Agreement
By Yukari Easton
South Korea's Moon Jae-in has domestic political reasons for reopening the agreement.
December 26, 2017
Japan, China, and the Strains of Historical Memory
By Joe Renouard
80 years after the Nanjing Massacre, historical issues continue to haunt China-Japan relations.
August 04, 2017
How the Japan-Korea 'Comfort Women' Debate Plays out in the US
By Mary M. McCarthy
10 years ago, Congress made its first foray into a tense historical issue involving two U.S. allies.