Short Report of Open Seminar (12/23/2016):
Speaker: Dr. Shogo Suzuki, Senior
Lecturer, the Department of Politics, the University of Manchester. UK.
This seminar highlighted the politics of
history regarding comfort women. As what the country should remember and forget
is a political issue, this seminar discussed the dynamics of the Taiwan
‘Comfort Women’ Case, focused especially on the competition to attain justice
for the past wrongs in Taiwan.
Departing from the arguments that identity
politics in Taiwan have overshadowed the campaign to achieve justice for the
comfort women, the comfort women issue gets rejected as the drive to construct
the Taiwanese's identity separate from China has led to the crime committed by
mainlander Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, or KMT). In conclusion, the comfort
women issue turned into inward-looking debates over national identity,
distracting the political momentum necessary to bring about justice
successfully. National politicians in Taiwan, in fact, tend to politize the
comfort woman issue in the national political game rather than attaining the
justice for the victims.
This seminar was held in Ritsumeikan
University - Kinugasa Campus, on December 23, 2016, hosted by College of
International Relations Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Global
Innovation Research Organization (R-GIRO). Approximately 30 participants
attended the seminar.