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For Linda Sieg's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Battle of Iwojima forgotten, except toll

Mar 25, 2015

Battle of Iwojima forgotten, except toll

When Yoshitaka Shindo was a boy, he did not hear much from his family about his grandfather, Tadamichi Kuribayashi, commander of the Japanese troops who fought and died in the bloody Battle of Iwojima. The battle, in which nearly 7,000 U.S. Marines and Navy ...

Kono urges Abe to erase doubts over war history

Mar 18, 2015

Kono urges Abe to erase doubts over war history

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must erase doubts — sparked by his own words and deeds — that he wants to water down accounts of Japan’s wartime wrongs, according to a former leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. Yohei Kono, who as chief Cabinet secretary ...

Under Abe's reign, media self-censorship in Japan is rising

Feb 25, 2015

Under Abe's reign, media self-censorship in Japan is rising

Worries are growing in Japan about a trend toward media self-censorship as journalists and experts say news organizations are toning down criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government for fear of sparking ire and losing access to sources. No one is accusing Abe’s administration ...

In rural Akita, skeptics doubt 'Abenomics' will cure ills

Dec 2, 2014

In rural Akita, skeptics doubt 'Abenomics' will cure ills

Mihoko Asaka wants to know how candidates in this month’s election will create jobs and halt the drastic population decline that is bleeding her home region of youth and vitality, but she has little hope they will offer real solutions. Like many of his ...