National Topics

Jul 2, 2015

Gaps remain in Japan-South Korea talks on proposed World Heritage sites

Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama held talks in Seoul with senior South Korean officials, including Kim Hong-kyun, deputy foreign minister for political affairs, on Japan’s bid to have sites related to its Meiji Era industrial revolution added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Gaps ...

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

Jun 30, 2015

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

More than 100 mourners gathered Tuesday in honor of the victims of an uprising at a labor camp in northern Japan during World War II. Those present included 87-year-old Chinese survivor Zhang Guangxun and relatives of some of the more than 400 forced laborers ...

Lawsuits based on WWII muddy effort to ease Japan-South Korea tension

Jun 26, 2015

Lawsuits based on WWII muddy effort to ease Japan-South Korea tension

South Korean activists are complicating President Park Geun-hye’s tentative steps to improve ties with Japan by turning to the courts to seek recognition that they were forced during colonial times to work for Japanese companies, used as “comfort women” in military brothels or suffered ...