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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 ...

U.S. weighed giving Japan nuclear weapons in 1950s

Jan 23, 2015

U.S. weighed giving Japan nuclear weapons in 1950s

by Masakatsu Ota

Top U.S. military officials considered giving the Self-Defense Forces atomic weapons in the 1950s under an arrangement similar to NATO’s “nuclear-sharing” deal, declassified documents from the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff revealed Friday. In February 1958, the Joint Chiefs decided its “position,” saying: “The ...