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Settlement Without Consensus: International Pressure, Domestic Backlash, and the Comfort Women Issue in Japan

Title
Settlement Without Consensus: International Pressure, Domestic Backlash, and the Comfort Women Issue in Japan
Author
김지영
Keywords
ABE SHINZO; ASIAN WOMEN'S FUND; COMFORT WOMEN; COOMARASWAMY REPORT; DOMESTIC BACKLASH; DOMESTIC DISCOURSE; INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE; JAPAN-SOUTH KOREA RELATIONS; JAPANESE POLITICS; KONO STATEMENT; THE LDP
Issue Date
2017-03
Publisher
PACIFIC AFFAIRS UNIV BRITISH COLUMBIA
Citation
PACIFIC AFFAIRS, v. 90, No. 1, Page. 77-99
Abstract
What has shaped contemporary discourse on Japan's comfort women issue? During the last twenty-five years, civic groups in both Japan and South Korea have made significant efforts to publicize the issue within the international community, hoping to narrow the disparity between the position of the international community and that of the Japanese government. Thus far, however, Japan's official position has shown little change. Why has international pressure on Japan failed? By focusing on the relationship between international pressure and the formation of Japan's discourse on the comfort women issue, this paper shows how outside pressure led to a domestic backlash among conservatives in Japan, resulting in the failure to institutionalize apologetic discourse within Japanese society. This study will provide important insights on how democratic countries can sometimes resist strong external pressure to conform to international norms.
URI
https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/paaf/paaf/2017/00000090/00000001/art00004https://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/105889
ISSN
0030-851X; 1715-3379
DOI
10.5509/201790177
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COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES & CULTURES[E](국제문화대학) > JAPANESE STUDIES(일본학과) > Articles
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