--Martin Fackler, Rewriting the War, Japanese Right Attacks a Newspaper, the New York Times, Dec. 2, 2014SAPPORO, Japan — Takashi Uemura was 33 when he wrote the article that would make his career. Then an investigative reporter for The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second-largest newspaper, he examined whether the Imperial Army had forced women to work in military brothels during World War II. His report, under the headline “Remembering Still Brings Tears,” was one of the first to tell the story of a former “comfort woman” from Korea.Fast-forward a quarter century, and that article has made Mr. Uemura, now 56 and retired from journalism, a target of Japan’s political right. Tabloids brand him a traitor for disseminating “Korean lies” that they say were part of a smear campaign aimed at settling old scores with Japan. Threats of violence, Mr. Uemura says, have cost him one university teaching job and could soon rob him of a second. Ultranationalists have even gone after his children, posting Internet messages urging people to drive his teenage daughter to suicide.
Friday, December 12, 2014
History tells that whatever (a war, a nuclear disaster, etc.) happens, people can quickly get used to it, and that makes me pessimistic.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Until the 90s, the Rolling Stones was banned from entering Japan. It appears to be as exciting as their first Japan tour that this month the ban was lifted on Negri. His last (I think) failed attempt was 5 years ago, when the 2008 G8 summit took place in Japan (Hardt was allowed to enter, but Negri was not). On Friday night he visited the sight where an anti-nuclear protest took place.
On Saturday he and Japanese scholars, such as Yoshihiko Ichida who specializes in the History of Social Philosophy, Chizuko Ueno who specializes in Sociology and Gender Studies, Yoshitaka Mouri who specializes in Sociology, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies, Mamoru Ito, who specializes in Sociology and Media Studies, gave lectures and exchanged their views, putting Negri's terms in the context of the situation in Japan after the catastrophic earthquake and nuclear accident in 2011. The event was entitled "Multitude and Power: The World after 3.11."(http://www.wismc.org/symposium/) I could not make it, but it was aired by an independent media called Our Planet TV. Another lecture is scheduled for April 12.(http://www.i-house.or.jp/programs/ushiba_negri/)