National Topics

Jul 23, 2013

Taiwan government to use new wording for Japanese colonial period

Taiwan’s Executive Yuan, or Cabinet, instructed all government agencies Monday to begin calling the 50-year Japanese colonial rule of the island as the “Japanese occupation period” in official documents. The announcement came ahead of an Education Ministry decision over whether to also change the ...

May 27, 2013

Hashimoto to urge 'strict discipline' for U.S. military

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Sunday he will urge the U.S. military to strictly discipline its servicemen in Japan and repeated that he would retract a remark suggesting they use Okinawa’s sex industry to avoid committing sexual offenses. Hashimoto said on a TV program ...

May 10, 2013

China to save buildings put up by invaders

Buildings constructed during Japan’s occupation of Manchukuo, a puppet state set up in China, have received official protection from Beijing, state media reported Thursday. The move to preserve the buildings followed calls by Chinese netizens to demolish structures left by invaders from the 1931-45 ...

| Apr 28, 2013

Disaster long lurked amid Japan's isolation

by Michael Hoffman

“The evolution of political thought in this relatively isolated island nation during the period in question is unique to the point of being somewhat freakish.” This gives a reader pause. Freakish? The judgment is historian Hiroshi Watanabe’s in “A History of Japanese Political Thought, ...