EVENT CANCELED DUE TO SPEAKER TRAVEL ISSUES
It is said that the relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea (the ROK) are getting worse, especially from the judgement of the Supreme Court of the ROK, which ordered the Japanese companies to pay 100,000,000 Korean won per person to 4 Korean victims of wartime forced labor on October 30, 2018. It is very important to understand how to fulfill the diplomatic relations in 1965 and the point of the issue. The presentation will approach the subject through the life history of a key person who had lived in colonial Korea and participated in the protest movement against the normalization of Japan-the ROK relations. By describing his experiences, the presentation will also pick up other persons who worked for the issue of their own colonial responsibilities as a novelist and an activist during the normalization talks.
Fumitoshi Yoshizawa is a professor of history at Niigata University of International and Information Studies, where he teaches contemporary Korean history and Japan-Korea relations. He has written broadly on Japan’s war and colonial responsibility and on historical and diplomatic issues arising from the Japan-the Republic of Korea normalization talks.