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For Jill Lawless's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

WWI through the eyes of those who lived it

Jul 26, 2014

WWI through the eyes of those who lived it

It’s an iconic scene of Britain at war: Thousands of Londoners huddled in Underground stations as German bombs rained down. But this is not the 1940s Blitz — it’s World War I, more than 20 years earlier. For most people, the Great War evokes ...

New tests may settle debate over disputed Vermeer

Jun 14, 2014

New tests may settle debate over disputed Vermeer

Verily, it’s a Vermeer. Christie’s auction house says science has confirmed that a disputed painting is the work of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. The painting could fetch $13 million when it is sold next month. “Saint Praxedis” is believed to be the earliest surviving ...

Flood-hit Britons fear worse to come

Feb 4, 2014

Flood-hit Britons fear worse to come

As children climb into boats to get to school and scores of hoses pump floodwaters from fields day and night, one corner of southwest England is trying to reclaim its land. Other Britons are watching them and wondering how much and for how long ...

Jan 9, 2014

After 100 years, Britain still at war over legacy of World War I

For the people of Britain, for whom the trenches of Flanders are still an ideological battlefield, the centenary of the start of World War I has sparked an argument about patriotism, historical responsibility and the place of humor in teaching history. Only in Britain, ...