National Topics

Apr 17, 2015

Abe to express remorse for WWII at Asia-Africa summit next week

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to express Japan’s “remorse” over World War II in an address at the Asian-African Summit next week in Jakarta, according to government sources. Abe is expected to deliver a “future-oriented” speech and is unlikely to offer an apology over ...

'Rationale' of 1945 A-bombings still divides Japanese, Americans

Apr 15, 2015

'Rationale' of 1945 A-bombings still divides Japanese, Americans

A divide persists between Japanese and Americans over whether the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justifiable, as the cities prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of the attacks. Although the two countries built a strong alliance after the end of World War ...

Okinawa: In the crosshairs of war

Apr 4, 2015

Okinawa: In the crosshairs of war

by Stephen Mansfield

“We always seem to be at the tail end of history, dragged along roads already ruined by others.” — “Memoirs of a Declining Ryukyuan Women,” Kushi Fusako On a recent trip to the Pacific island of Guam, I came across a peculiar omission in ...