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Book seeks to educate about an ugly legacy

Nov 27, 2013

Book seeks to educate about an ugly legacy

by Keiji Hirano

A Tokyo museum has published a book about wartime sex slaves aimed at enhancing public awareness following a series of remarks by politicians demonstrating their ignorance over the “comfort women” issue. The book is based on a 2007 exhibition at the Women’s Active Museum ...

Okinawa deadline sought in 1957

Oct 30, 2013

Okinawa deadline sought in 1957

Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi pressed U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a summit in 1957 to consider setting a deadline for returning Okinawa, saying the Japanese public might otherwise become nervous about U.S. intentions, according to diplomatic records declassified Wednesday. The talks, 15 years ...

Spent fuel good enough for bomb, U.S. told Japan in 1977

Oct 30, 2013

Spent fuel good enough for bomb, U.S. told Japan in 1977

The United States believed in 1977 that nuclear weapons could be produced from plutonium extracted from spent nuclear fuel at Japan’s light water reactors and conveyed its view to Tokyo, according to Japanese diplomatic records declassified Wednesday. A U.S. arms control official told a ...

Oct 30, 2013

Ford's visit to China in 1975 caused much worry in Tokyo

Prime Minister Takeo Miki conveyed concerns over U.S. President Gerald R. Ford’s planned visit to China in late 1975 during a meeting the month before, indicating worry that Washington was developing a closer relationship with Beijing, according to documents declassified Wednesday. “We hope there ...