Date: Friday, 13 October 2017, 12:00 pm
Location: at the Berlin Representative Office, Robert Bosch Stiftung Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin
Moderated by: Urs Matthias Zachmann Professor of History and Culture of Modern Japan at the Freie Universität Berlin
  • Ken'ichi Mishima, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy, Former Professor for Philosophie and Comparative Studies of Civilization, University Osaka
  • Song-U Chon, Professor at Hanyang Universität
  • Ally Derks, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy
  • Eun-Jeung Lee, Professor and Director of the Institute of Korean Studies at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Shi Ming, Journalist
  • Sven Saaler, Professor of Japanese History at Sophia University in Tokyo and Representative of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Japan
  • Wolfgang Seifert, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Japanese Studies at Heidelberg University
  • Torsten Weber, Head of Humanities Section of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo


Japan’s official policy of dealing with the crimes committed during times of war is well known: it consists mainly of denial, relativization or offsetting. Occasionally, it seemed as though the respective governments were willing to officially recognize these crimes and to seek reconciliation, but this willingness quickly yielded in the face of right-wing pressure. As a consequence, public debates in Korea and China became even more embittered and mutual finger-pointing and vicious remarks by politicians and opinion leaders have reinforced existing prejudices and misinterpretations in all three countries.
Based on the perception that many troubles result from a lack of awareness of respective sensitivities and, in case of Japan, a lack of willingness to change perspectives, the workshop will provide space for exchanging views and arguments. It thereby contributes to the development of a transnational public sphere. To this end, the Dutch debate on the long colonial rule of Indonesia will also be presented as an example by using film material.

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