National Topics

Apr 8, 2015

War and peace: a brief history of Palau

Following is a list of key events related to Palau and the visit this week by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to mourn the war dead: 1914 — Japan seizes Palau and other Pacific islands at the start of World War I. 1920 — ...

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 ...

Mar 31, 2015

Himeyuri storytellers pass baton

The female students and teachers who were mobilized to form the Himeyuri corps, a nursing unit for the Imperial Japanese Army during the Battle of Okinawa, have retired as storytellers due to old age, handing the baton to a younger generation that did not ...

Suicide conscript recalls torture by fellow Japanese

Mar 31, 2015

Suicide conscript recalls torture by fellow Japanese

by Tamaki Tachibana

The Hagi Uragami Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture boasts a magnificent collection of ukiyo-e, Oriental pottery and porcelain works housed in a stylish building designed by well-known architect Kenzo Tange. Its origin, however, has distant echoes of Japan’s brutal wartime history. The museum was founded ...