Nikon In Hot Water After Canceling WWII “Comfort Women” Exhibit

Nikon found themselves at the center of a controversy this last weekend after they decided to cancel a sensitive photography exhibit without giving a reason why. The exhibit, a photographic documentary on the theme of “Comfort Women” (Korean women used as sex slaves during WWII in Japan), was put together by Korean photographer Ahn Sehong and set to start on June 26th at the Nikon Salon in Tokyo — until Nikon cancelled it.

Many are now protesting the decision — including the Japan Visual Journalists Association, CNN, The Japan Daily Press and The Japan Times — calling it a “betrayal of women” and claiming that Nikon is allowing certain Japanese extremists to play down their war crimes, something that CNN points out is nothing new. An online protest has started in response to the cancellation complete with a petition and an open letter from Sehong himself. If you’d like more information, or would like to help support Sehong’s exhibit, click here to sign his petition and learn more about the “Comfort Women.”

Forgotten faces: Japan’s comfort women (via 1001 Noisy Cameras)

  • Slash_Cynic

    They need money to pay Ashton Kutcher!

  • BadTog

    Disgusting Japanese, they deny the atrocities they committed in WWII. They actually teach different events in their history classes. So crazy, they don’t believe what happened but everyone else in the world does. Sad and Disgusting at the same time.

  • wickerprints

    The idiom should be “play down,” not “pay down.”

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks for catching that

  • derekdj

    The topic of WWII war crimes, in particular the issue of comfort women (not only Korean women, but Chinese and Southeast Asian Islanders) has always been a sensitive subject. Many young people not only right wing extremists are in denial that such crimes happened. School text books dance around the subject or are heavily lacking in discussion of the topic.

    It was a brave step for a Japanese company like Nikon to stage the exhibit, it is cowardice of them to cancel without even explaining why.

  • C J

    There is a simple solution to this.  Push for galleries around the world to display the exhibit instead.  Help it to spread, then watch the Nikon Gallery try to ignore it.
    I’m not a big historian, and this is the first I’d heard about the subject of comfort women.  I think it would be interesting and valuable for more people to know about this.

  • Guest

    It’s not like other countries don’t teach alternate histories to cover up unsavory parts of their national past.  Should probably change “Japanese” to “Humans”.

  • Rkstarr

    I’d like to know more about Nikon’s reasoning. It seems an odd move for a company which caters to photojournalists.

  • Guest

    welcome to 100% of all the countries in the world. don’t be so naive. actually, don’t be so biased and thick-skulled.

  • the truth

    But this article is about Japanese solider in WW2. May be you feel offended coz he BadTog just said Japanese. In this case, it doesn’t mean all Japanese, it means the Japanese who did what BagTog has mentioned.