15:00-16:00, Wednesday, 31 July, 2013
Professor, Takushoku University
拓殖大学国際学部教授 呉 善花
Oh Seon-hwa, a naturalized Japanese citizen of South Korean origin and a vocal critic of Seoul's policies toward Japan, says she was refused entry into South Korea this week, where she had planned to attend a relative's wedding. According to the Japanese media, Oh says no reason was given by the immigration authorities, only that it was "orders from high up".
Oh was forced to return to Japan and went public, prompting Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga to call the incident "extremely disappointing" at his regular press conference.
Oh is best known for her book, 'Skirt no Kaze', a real-life report on Korean hostesses working in Japan, and for her writing on topics such as why she loves Japan and believes Japanese culture is superior to that of South Korea. She had been commenting on the recent diplomatic rows between Seoul and Tokyo over the comfort women issue.
Come and hear her side of the story of what she calls "a gross violation of human rights".