My latest column in the Japan Times might be of interest to you.

The Japanese Government has recently been putting pressure on US publisher McGraw-Hill to “correct” one of their world history textbooks that mentions Japan’s WWII “comfort women” sexual slavery system.

One of the authors, Dr. Herbert Ziegler, historian, UH Manoa, received a sudden visit recently from the Japan Consulate, where he was told that his textbook was wrong and must be revised.

He has refused, as has McGraw-Hill.  So Prime Minister Abe Shinzo recently held this textbook up in a parliamentary session and decried its alleged errors.

Several historians have recently published a letter protesting these actions.  I interviewed Dr. Ziegler earlier this month to get this perspective.

You can read that interview at the Japan Times at

I hope you find it informative.