If the twentieth century is remembered as a century of war, Asia is certainly central to that story. In Northeast Asia, where issues of historical injustices seem to have generated a vicious circle of accusation and defense, overcoming historical animosities has become one of the most important issues for the future of the region.
Last year, the Yomiuri Shimbun, the largest daily paper in Japan, conducted an unprecedented year-long project analyzing the responsibility of Japanese leaders in Pacific war of World War II. The results of the project were published in August in the newspaper and then in a book that was published, both in Japanese and English in late 2006. Mr. Tennichi will discuss the project and the paper's findings. The newspaper articles can be found at Daily Yomiuri.
In 2003, Shorenstein APARC hosted a conference on issues of historical injustice in Korea. The conference produced a book, released in November 2006, titled Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia: The Korean Experience. Our director, Gi-Wook Shin and Chunghee Sarah Soh, who wrote one of the chapters of the book, will present their research in the second panel.
2:15 - 3:45 Panel One
"Who was Responsible?: From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor"
Takahiko Tennichi, editorial writer, Yomiuri Shimbun
Mark Peattie, visiting scholar, Shorenstein APARC
4:00 - 5:30 Panel Two
"Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia: The Korean Experience"
Chunghee Sarah Soh, professor, anthropology, San Francisco State
Gi-Wook Shin, director, Shorenstein APARC and associate professor, Sociology, Stanford University
Charles Burress, interim bureau chief, East Bay bureau, San Francisco Chronicle
You can read the Financial Times review of the Yomiuri Shimbun book at Financial Times Review