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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 ...

During symbolic visit, Abe lays wreath at U.S. World War II memorial

Apr 30, 2015

During symbolic visit, Abe lays wreath at U.S. World War II memorial

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington’s World War II memorial Wednesday, hoping to appease criticism of his stance on his country’s brutal past ahead of the landmark speech he made before a joint session of Congress. Abe toured the monument on Washington’s National Mall, ...

Hundreds protest in San Francisco for Abe war apology

Apr 29, 2015

Hundreds protest in San Francisco for Abe war apology

Hundreds of people protested outside the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco, calling on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to apologize for his country’s treatment of people from other parts of Asia during World War II. Tuesday’s protest comes days before the prime minister is scheduled ...

Apr 24, 2015

Abe not expected to attend May 9 Moscow WWII ceremony

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to decline Russia’s invitation to attend celebrations in Moscow on May 9 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, government sources said Thursday. Due to suspected further Russian involvement in the Ukraine ...