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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 ...

Scholar aims to unravel Japanese remains issue

Oct 10, 2013

Scholar aims to unravel Japanese remains issue

by Daisuke Nakai

Naoki Mizuno, a Kyoto University professor, is hoping to shed light on the Japanese who died in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula around the end of World War II and remain buried there. “The issue is a result of Japan’s (colonial rule ...

Sep 5, 2013

New theory on 1613 mission floated

by Yugo Hirano

Historian Naotsugu Hamada has proposed a new theory about the 1613 mission that Date Masamune, Sendai’s then-feudal lord, sent to Europe and Mexico, arguing that he may have intended to use funds from trade with Mexico to reconstruct Tohoku, which had been rocked by ...

Sep 4, 2013

South Korean text lauds Japan colonial rule

A newly authorized South Korean history textbook includes some positive passages about Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before and during World War II, according to local reports. The textbook describes how new cities that developed under colonial rule became transport and distribution ...