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Okinawa: In the crosshairs of war

Apr 4, 2015

Okinawa: In the crosshairs of war

by Stephen Mansfield

“We always seem to be at the tail end of history, dragged along roads already ruined by others.” — “Memoirs of a Declining Ryukyuan Women,” Kushi Fusako On a recent trip to the Pacific island of Guam, I came across a peculiar omission in ...

Mar 31, 2015

Himeyuri storytellers pass baton

The female students and teachers who were mobilized to form the Himeyuri corps, a nursing unit for the Imperial Japanese Army during the Battle of Okinawa, have retired as storytellers due to old age, handing the baton to a younger generation that did not ...

Suicide conscript recalls torture by fellow Japanese

Mar 31, 2015

Suicide conscript recalls torture by fellow Japanese

by Tamaki Tachibana

The Hagi Uragami Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture boasts a magnificent collection of ukiyo-e, Oriental pottery and porcelain works housed in a stylish building designed by well-known architect Kenzo Tange. Its origin, however, has distant echoes of Japan’s brutal wartime history. The museum was founded ...

Japan begins search for remains of WWII soldiers on Palau

Mar 26, 2015

Japan begins search for remains of WWII soldiers on Palau

The central government has started searching for the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in the fighting during World War II on Peleliu Island, Palau, ahead of a planned visit to the West Pacific island by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko next month. Officials ...

Mar 26, 2015

Abe to skip China's war parade: report

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to rebuff a prickly invitation to a Chinese military parade, a report said Wednesday, as the former wartime enemies jockey over the telling of their shared history. Tokyo has not officially replied to Beijing’s comments on the march, ...