Case for Retraction on Grounds of Academic Misconduct

Quelle: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 19 | Issue 5 | Number 13 | Article ID 5543 | Mar 01, 2021
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“Contracting for Sex in the Pacific War”:
The Case for Retraction on Grounds of Academic Misconduct

Amy Stanley, Hannah Shepherd, Sayaka Chatani, David Ambaras, Chelsea Szendi Schieder

February 18, 2021
To Whom It May Concern:

We, the undersigned, are a transnational group of historians of Japan and its empire. Our research and publications cover the history of prostitution, the history of gender, the history of migration and empire, the history of the Pacific War, and the history of colonial Korea. What is written here is our work, but it was made possible due to the efforts of a much wider network, including historians and colleagues around the globe, who generously contributed their expertise. We base our findings below on our experience reading and interpreting Japanese historical documents, as well as our common investment in producing responsible scholarship.

We became aware of Mark Ramseyer’s article - a revisionist account of the "contractual dynamics" of the comfort station system, published in the International Review of Law and Economics (IRLE) - when we encountered media coverage about it, based on a Japanese language article in the Sankei Shimbun summarizing the journal article.1 Initially, coverage was confined to Korean and Japanese language media reports. In the process of our investigation, we also found and read Ramseyer's English language article about the Comfort Women issue in JAPANForward, “Recovering the Truth about Comfort Women,” which had been published on January 12th, two weeks before the Sankei Shimbun piece.2 In his JAPANForward piece, Ramseyer asserted that “claims about enslaved Korean comfort women are historically untrue” and “pure fiction.” As historians of Japan and its empire, we were shocked by this claim, because there has been an overwhelming amount of academic work that supports survivors’ testimony that they were held captive in “comfort stations” (ianjo) that were patronized by the Japanese military during World War II. ...

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