| Apr 18, 2015

History problems cast a shadow over Abe's Japan

by Jeff Kingston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dogged by history problems largely because he courts controversy with his revisionist views and efforts to rehabilitate Japan’s wartime past. It’s not only moderates and leftists who worry about this: Liberal Democratic Party Vice-President Masahiko Komura has also urged ...

Apr 17, 2015

Putin ready to discuss isle row but hits Japan's sanctions over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow is ready to hold territorial talks with Japan but that Tokyo’s move to back sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict has effectively halted such discussions. Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine in March ...

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 ...

Government changing official pronunciation of Georgia

Apr 15, 2015

Government changing official pronunciation of Georgia

The Diet has enacted a bill to change the official Japanese name for the country of Georgia from “Gurujia,” which derives from the Russian term “Gruziya,” to “Jojia,” based on the English pronunciation of the former Soviet republic’s name. The bill to revise the ...