Aside from their status as Nobel laureates, Oe and Pamuk have faced similar battles with their nationalist compatriots. Oe was recently victorious in a long court battle with Japanese rightists for implicating the Japanese military in the mass suicides of civilians during the battle of Okinawa in his book Okinawa Notes. In 2005, charges were brought against Pamuk for “insulting Turkishness” after his statement regarding the mass killings of Armenians during and after World War I; the charges were dropped in 2006.
Is Japan Closer to the West Than Turkey?
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2008
© The Yomiuri Shimbun
New Perspectives Quarterly
Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 31–33, Summer 2008
How to Cite
OE, K. and PAMUK, O. (2008), Is Japan Closer to the West Than Turkey?. New Perspectives Quarterly, 25: 31–33. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5842.2008.00999.x
- Issue published online: 17 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 17 JUL 2008