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Former sex slaves in Philippines demand justice from Japan

Jun 26, 2014

Former sex slaves in Philippines demand justice from Japan

Filipino women forced into prostitution by the Imperial Japanese forces during World War II marched to the Japanese Embassy on Wednesday to demand justice and to criticize Philippine President Benigno Aquino III’s silence on the issue during his visit to Japan. Six women in ...

Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

Jun 21, 2014

Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

by Paul Murphy

It’s been 20 years since mass murderers came to Toshie Koibuchi’s tiny street. It was the night of June 27, 1994. She was then 50, a housewife living with her husband and mother in a slightly upmarket residential area of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Koibuchi ...

May 24, 2014

'Comfort women' memorial set to be unveiled in metro Washington

A monument to the women who were forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels will be unveiled in a Washington suburb this week, local authorities involved in the project confirmed. The move comes after similar memorials were set up in California and New ...

May 17, 2014

Wrong to judge early imperialist Japan too harshly?

by Michal Hoffman

“Korea turned out to be this nice, laid-back place…” It’s 1918; Korea has been a Japanese colony since 1910; a Japanese settler recalls with amused relief the extravagant fears she had expressed on the eve of her family’s migration several years earlier: “We might ...