| Oct 25, 2014

Abe downsized, comfort women reprised

by Jeff Kingston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now understands why political gurus say that a week is a short time in politics. Last week, I speculated about why Abe remains popular despite promoting policies that most people oppose. But even before two of his Cabinet ministers submitted ...

Oct 21, 2014

S. Korea calls for 'transparency' in Japan's defense revision

South Korea’s top security official told his Japanese counterpart Tuesday that Japan’s ongoing revision of defense cooperation guidelines with the United States “should reflect neighboring countries’ concerns and be carried out in a transparent way,” the South Korean presidential office said. Kim Kwan-jin, chief ...

'Comfort women' recount wartime ordeals

Oct 11, 2014

'Comfort women' recount wartime ordeals

Three women forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels have been speaking out about their ordeals, saying the world should never forget what they went through. In recent interviews, the Indonesian, Filipina and Korean women repeated that they were the victims of systematic ...

Oct 9, 2014

The dangers of intolerance

Two universities in Japan have received letter threats that nail-laden bombs will go off on their campuses if they don't dismiss two instructors who formerly reported on the "comfort women" controversy for the Asahi Shimbun.