War memorials as varied as public's views

| Mar 31, 2014

War memorials as varied as public's views

The controversial Yasukuni Shrine, a source of perennial tension between Japan and its East Asian neighbors, and the Peace Parks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are well-known in and out of Japan as the country’s representative war memorials, drawing millions of visitors each year. But ...

'Culture creation' often easier than it looks

Mar 23, 2014

'Culture creation' often easier than it looks

For all the official rhetoric about the need for Kansai’s prefectures to set themselves apart from each other, let alone from the rest of the country, the local bureaucracies too often have a herd mentality when it comes to planning and promoting tourism campaigns. ...

'Comfort women' statues spur debate

Feb 27, 2014

'Comfort women' statues spur debate

In the northern Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, population 192,000, sits a public park with a simple statue that has become a lightning rod in the brewing political storm among the United States, Japan and South Korea over the past few months. Erected by ...