The ‘comfort women’ issue, freedom of speech, and academic integrity: A study aid

Tessa Morris-Suzuki*

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    In December 2020, an article by J. Mark Ramseyer of Harvard University about the so-called ‘comfort women’ issue was published in the International Review of Law and Economics. This article caused widespread controversy amongst scholars, many of whom responded with serious criticisms of its content. On the other hand, some commentators argued that Ramseyer’s critics were seeking to suppress his right to express controversial opinions. In the past few years, there has been widespread international debate both about the protection of free speech and about problems of assessing the quality of knowledge and distinguishing well-founded information from ‘fake news’. Against that background, this study aid aims to encourage debate about ways to maintain research integrity while protecting free speech, and uses the example of the Ramseyer article to provide illustrative material. This is the first in a series of responses on the “comfort women” issue prompted by the Ramseyer article.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number5542
    Pages (from-to)1-11
    Number of pages11
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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