Anti-Korean sign discovered on popular pilgrim trail

Apr 9, 2014

Anti-Korean sign discovered on popular pilgrim trail

A xenophobic notice calling for the exclusion of foreigners was discovered Wednesday on the route of a popular 88-temple walking course known as “Shikoku Henro” on Shikoku. The sign, found glued at a rest station in the city of Yoshinogawa, Tokushima Prefecture, read, “Let ...

Mar 22, 2014

The sloughing of Japan's corporate skin goes on

by Michal Hoffman

“Man is born free and is everywhere in chains.” No 18th-century Japanese thinker could have written that. It is amusing to imagine one even reading it. What emotion would it have called forth? Outrage? Blank incomprehension? Born free? A revolutionary notion! “The Social Contract” ...

Jan 22, 2014

China, Koreas rap Japan over history at U.N. meet

Representatives from China and the two Koreas criticized Japan over historical issues at a Monday executive board meeting of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Japanese officials at the world body said. Their criticism was leveled at Prime Minister ...

Asia-Pacific pivot sent spinning

| Nov 27, 2013

Asia-Pacific pivot sent spinning

The Obama administration is making diplomatic progress on some of Mideast's most thorny security issues but problems are piling up in a region that Barack Obama had wanted to play a bigger part in American foreign policy: Asia.

Kids take artful approach to peace-building

Oct 10, 2013

Kids take artful approach to peace-building

by Natsume Watanabe

Despite the troubled relations between their countries, children in Japan and North Korea are joining hands again to promote peace using drawings. Relief Campaign Committee for Children, Japan, a Tokyo-based nongovernmental organization, has been organizing exhibitions since 2001 featuring pictures drawn by children from ...

Scholar aims to unravel Japanese remains issue

Oct 10, 2013

Scholar aims to unravel Japanese remains issue

by Daisuke Nakai

Naoki Mizuno, a Kyoto University professor, is hoping to shed light on the Japanese who died in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula around the end of World War II and remain buried there. “The issue is a result of Japan’s (colonial rule ...

Sep 30, 2013

Korean author issues call for talks on sex slave issue

The South Korean author of a much-discussed book on “comfort women” is calling for broad-based talks between Japan and South Korea to seek a resolution on the women, who were forced into prostitution for Imperial Japanese soldiers. In a recent interview, Park Yu-ha, a ...

'Mothers of golf' tested themselves abroad

Sep 26, 2013

'Mothers of golf' tested themselves abroad

by Takeshi Ozawa

Hisako “Chako” Higuchi and the late Ku Ok-hee of South Korea are regarded as the “mothers of women’s golf” in their countries and followed a similar groundbreaking path to the top by challenging themselves overseas. Higuchi said that when she turned pro in 1967, ...

Theaters of war and peace in Kumamoto

Jul 20, 2013

Theaters of war and peace in Kumamoto

by Mandy Bartok

The pamphlet tells me this is a “castle” — but the structure in front of me defies that description. Granted, my frame of reference is greatly informed by the impressive edifices of Kumamoto, Himeji and Matsumoto that date back to the gory Sengoku (Warring ...