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Alumni of Britain's WWII Japanese language effort honored

Feb 4, 2016

Alumni of Britain's WWII Japanese language effort honored

Tributes have been paid to a select group of British schoolboys who studied Japanese during World War II and later went on to build enduring ties between the two countries. Dignitaries gathered at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies on Monday to recall ...

Emperor Akihito heads to Philippines in latest stop on peace parade

Jan 24, 2016

Emperor Akihito heads to Philippines in latest stop on peace parade

Emperor Akihito will travel to the Philippines this week to visit World War II memorials, the latest of his pacifist pilgrimages, which appear increasingly at odds with the government’s rightward drift. Now in his twilight years, Akihito, 82, has made honoring Japanese and non-Japanese ...

Dec 24, 2015

Japan argued against declaring region nuke-free at 1975 U.N. forum

Japan argued against declaring Northeast Asia a nuclear-weapons-free zone at a United Nations conference in 1975 because such a restriction might interfere with the movements of American warships, according to diplomatic records declassified Thursday. The Japanese government documents portray the dilemma Tokyo faced then ...