Japanese history scholar Chelsea Szendi Schieder talks about the ways Japan chooses to deal with the dark chapters of its past, and how denial is NOT just a river with some amazing cruises.
Ollie looks into how the Sumidagawa River Cruise is finally adapting to foreign widths.
Bobby makes a joke that hinges on ignoring the difference between a ワクチン and a 予防接種
Topics discussed on this episode include:
- Chelsea's book Coed Revolution about the female voices in social movements in Japan in the 1960s and 70s
- How Chelsea thinks current activism in Japan compares to past activism
- Why students are more prone to becoming activists
- The difference between being political and being politically active, and why people think Japan isn't political
- Why activists in Japan are SHY
- The multiple uses of hammers
- How being a historian/academic colors Chelsea's experience of the Japan twitter-sphere
- This Anti-Olympics advertisement
- What the 1964 Olympics did to create an image of Japan and how they went about it
- Lots of anecdotal evidence
- The only kind of positivity expected to accompany this year's Olympics
- Who has more of whose money
- South Korean and Japanese tensions that get brought to light by things like the Olympics
- Everything you never ever wanted to have to know about the euphemistically called "Comfort Women"
- How Japan presents a different attitude to international and domestic audiences about what they think is an appropriate response to calls for accountability
- What COULD a government due to make up for its past atrocities
- What Japan stands to lose by taking responsibility for war crimes
- Why past efforts to do so have fallen short, and why some victims have refused compensation from Japan
- Where are today's students even GETTING their history
- How history may be, by default, the most ideologically biased school subject
- WHY this case has global ramifications
- Revisionist history and high minded defenses as a cover for bigotry
- Anti Korean sentiment in Japan, and how Chelsea's experience working on Comfort women research has sensitized her to it
- Why a CERTAIN group of Comfort Women WERE afforded something like justice and others weren't
- What Chelsea thinks are the key factors that contributed to the time lag for these calls for Justice
- What are the reasons for continuing to fight the fight to have Japan acknowledge its history
- The argument that facing up to Japan's war crimes is unnecessarily masochistic or self-flagellating
- Why conservative white people align themselves with conservative Japanese
- Why Ramseyer and Kindergarteners might not be fully qualified in their Japan expertise
- So much stuff.
- Seriously, so much good stuff about the Ramseyer article, the source-based rebuttal to it, which Chelsea was on the team for, and Chelsea's approach to historical scholarship that would be more than enough fodder for three other episodes.
- You should get these extras.
Coed Revolution: The Female Student in the Japanese New Left
The Rebuttal Article, "Seeking the True Story of the Comfort Women"
Some are affiliate links because we're sell-outs
- We record remotely using Squadcast and the podcast is hosted on Transistor.
- Bobby uses the Samson Go Mic and Ollie uses the AT2005USB mic
What is Japan By River Cruise?
Stand-up comedians Bobby Judo and Ollie Horn purport to report on the Japanese river cruise industry each week.