Takashi Uemura former reporter of The Asahi Shimbun and Shinji Nishijima director of the documentary ”Target” speak during a news conference at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ). Uemura wrote articles (thirty years ago) for the Asahi Shimbun on a former Korean comfort woman and her claims that she had been forced to sexually service Japanese soldiers. Due to the articles, he and his family had been harassed, including on social media. Director Nishijima presented the documentary ”Target” on a former Uemura’s story.
Shinji Nishijima, Director of Documentary “Target” Takashi Uemura, Publisher of Weekly “Shukan Kinnyobi” & Former reporter, The Asahi Shimbun.
Veteran documentary maker Shinji Nishijima has taken up Uemura’s story in the movie “Target,” which tells the story of a journalist who spoke truth to power and paid a heavy price for that truth. It is about Uemura and the people who support his cause: freedom of the press and democracy. A graduate of Waseda University, Nishijima joined the Mainichi Broadcasting Corporation in 1981 and was a correspondent in Seoul from 1991 to 1994. He has produced numerous documentaries, mainly focusing on World War II. Since 2018, Uemura has been head of the left-leaning magazine Shukan Kinyobi.
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