Japanese Newspaper Retracts Fukushima Disaster Report and Fires Editor
The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second-largest daily newspaper, retracted an influential news report on the Fukushima nuclear disaster on Thursday after weeks of criticism from other news organizations.
The move, which included an apology, came a month after the newspaper retracted a series of articles on another hot-button issue: the women from Korea and elsewhere who were forced by Japan to serve in military brothels during World War II. The articles used reports about the practice by one Japanese man whose particular accusations have been widely discredited.
Japan acknowledged in a landmark apology in 1993 that the women had been forced to work in the brothels.
The retractions occurred amid an outpouring of angry accusations that the newspaper had damaged Japan’s international reputation with the mistaken articles, especially those on the Imperial Army’s role in forcing so-called comfort women to serve in military brothels during World War II. The intensity of the attacks, particularly from right-wing news media and politicians, has led many to warn of a politically motivated campaign to undermine the newspaper, one of Japan’s most prominent liberal voices.