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China brings sex slave issue into spotlight

| Jan 9, 2015

China brings sex slave issue into spotlight

by Ben Dooley

For years, China literally kept the tragic story of its “comfort women” underground. Since 2007, the country’s only museum dedicated to the women forced to work in Imperial Japanese Army brothels has overflowed two cramped rooms in a musty basement on the campus of ...

Tokyo group publishes accounts of '95 Kobe quake survivors

Jan 9, 2015

Tokyo group publishes accounts of '95 Kobe quake survivors

A volunteer group in Tokyo has been publishing the voices of survivors of the January 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake to keep their memories. Nobumitsu Shirai, 41, deputy head of A-yan Tokyo, first published a 50-page booklet in 1995 when he was a university student, ...

Japan, China held top-secret talks on normalizing ties in 1964

Jan 4, 2015

Japan, China held top-secret talks on normalizing ties in 1964

In 1964, at a time when Tokyo and Beijing had no formal diplomatic ties, Japanese diplomats met with senior Chinese officials in absolute secrecy in third countries including Switzerland and Burma to explore the possibility of normalizing relations, minutes of the meetings declassified by ...

Tokyo Station at 100: all change

Dec 13, 2014

Tokyo Station at 100: all change

by Masami Ito

More than 500,000 people on average use Tokyo Station every day. Handling express trains to Narita International Airport, bullet trains to destinations around Honshu and myriad regional commuter lines, it is one of the busiest stations in the country based on the number of ...