In December 2020, an article by J. Mark Ramseyer of Harvard University about the so-called â€˜comfort womenâ€™ 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 Ramseyerâ€™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 â€˜fake newsâ€™. 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 â€œcomfort womenâ€� issue prompted by the Ramseyer article.
|Journal||The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|