National Topics

May 15, 2015

Russia reportedly planning war victory celebration on disputed isle

Russian victory celebrations to mark the end of World War II will be held in September on the Kuril Islands, including territories subject to the long-standing sovereignty dispute between Japan and Russia, a media report quoting a researcher affiliated with Russia’s Defense Ministry said. ...

May 11, 2015

Gen. MacArthur's watch fetches $75,000 in Geneva

Seventy years after the end of World War II, a watch worn by legendary U.S. five-star Gen. Douglas MacArthur was sold at auction Sunday for 70,000 Swiss francs ($75,000), far above the estimate. The steel Jaeger-Lecoultre “Reverso” watch — a classic model in which ...

May 7, 2015

Seoul lawmaker petitions UNESCO over Japan's World Heritage bid

The head of the South Korean National Assembly’s foreign affairs committee has sent letters to UNESCO panel members expressing opposition to Japan’s bid to register a group of 23 industrial sites for World Heritage status, a source close to the parliamentarian said Wednesday. Na ...

Meiji industrial sites endorsed for World Heritage listing

May 5, 2015

Meiji industrial sites endorsed for World Heritage listing

A UNESCO advisory panel has recommended granting World Heritage status to Japan’s “Sites of the Meiji Industrial Revolution.” The endorsement covers all 23 facilities in eight prefectures proposed by the government as representing the country’s industrialization in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, ...

Memories of the man who inspired 'Giovanni's Island'

May 4, 2015

Memories of the man who inspired 'Giovanni's Island'

by Eriko Aoyagi

The man whose life inspired the 2014 animated film “Giovanni’s Island” has described the two years he shared with friends from the former Soviet Union and the impact of its occupation of his hometown following World War II. Hiroshi Tokuno, now 81, recalled how ...