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U.S. says 'comfort women' issue was behind Lee's 2012 isle visit

The U.S. government believed the “comfort women” issue was behind South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s August 2012 visit to islets at the heart of a territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea, a U.S. document revealed on Tuesday. The visit by Lee to the islets, called Takeshima in Japan, Dokdo ...

Mar 4, 2015

Filipino historian notes importance of WWII's Battle of Manila

The fierce monthlong Battle of Manila fought 70 years ago should not only be remembered for the destruction and loss of lives, but also for its strategic importance in the entire Pacific War, according to a Filipino historian. Ricardo Jose, a history professor at ...

Okinawa reversion was moved forward to pave way for Sato's successor

Feb 22, 2015

Okinawa reversion was moved forward to pave way for Sato's successor

The timing of the reversion of Okinawa to Japan from U.S. control in 1972 was negotiated by Tokyo and Washington to encourage a smooth transition of power from then-Prime Minister Eisaku Sato to his intended successor, previously classified U.S. documents show. While Washington initially ...

Feb 15, 2015

Japan pressed for apology over 1945 Battle of Manila

Survivors and descendants of the victims of the 1945 Battle of Manila are pressing Japan to apologize for atrocities committed by its forces that left tens of thousands dead. Juan Jose Rocha, head of the Memorare-Manila 1945 Foundation, a group of survivors and descendants ...

Feb 13, 2015

Seoul slams Kishida's Takeshima remark

South Korea on Thursday criticized Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for calling the disputed Sea of Japan islets of Takeshima part of Japanese territory. Lee Sang-deok, director-general of the South Korean Foreign Ministry’s Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau, summoned Kenji Kanasugi, minister at the Japanese Embassy ...