New York lawmakers unveil second 'comfort women' memorial

Jan 26, 2014

New York lawmakers unveil second 'comfort women' memorial

New York lawmakers joined Korean-American and other groups to unveil a second monument to the women forced into sexual slavery before and during World War II at Veterans Memorial in Nassau County on Long Island on Friday. The victims are euphemistically referred to as ...

Jan 24, 2014

Playing with fire is dangerous

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Any moves that Japanese leaders make at this time to start the process of amending the Constitution would arouse strong feelings in Japan and abroad, against the nation's interests.

Jan 21, 2014

Japan's nuclear waste problem

The government plans to step up its efforts to select a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power generation despite having searched for more than a decade, without success, to find a willing host community.

Jan 21, 2014

Japan heading for darker days

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It's still baffling why the Abe administration was in such a hurry to have the state secrets bill passed when various opinion surveys showed that the bill was opposed by about 80 percnet of respondens on the very day the Upper House voted on ...

Jan 21, 2014

The real cause of Japan's renewed prosperity

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Despite the apparent disconnect in recent years between the exemplary performance of Japanese students and the nation's stock and currency market fluctuations, the knowledge and skills that students bring to the workplace in the form of human capital make the companies that hire them ...

Jan 18, 2014

China takes foreign journalists on tour of WWII battle sites

The Chinese government on Saturday conducted a two-day media tour of old WWII sites for foreign journalists that appeared directed against Japan. In the tour, arranged by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, nearly 40 foreign correspondents based in Beijing and other Chinese cities visited five ...

Jan 17, 2014

Problematic nuclear accord

Japan should start considering right now how and whether it will assume liability for damages and casualties if a severe accident occurs at one of the four nuclear reactors that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is building with a French company in northern Turkey.

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

Jan 15, 2014

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

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Just 160 km from the northern tip of Hokkaido, Sakhalin is a desolate island that has long been ignored by world powers. Remnants of Japanese shrines are reminders that the island was governed by Imperial Japan until the end of World War II. Now ...

Jan 14, 2014

Japan's Obama problem

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not appear to have considered the possibility that his pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26 might end up helping China by deepening South Korea's antagonism toward Japan.

Jan 14, 2014

Lessons from the Diovan scandal

Fallout from the Diovan case in Japan suggests that clinical drug studies on patients should be financed either with public research funds or through formal funding contracts between pharmaceutical companies and the research institutions involved — rather than by pharma donations.