Jul 23, 2014

Monument for Korean forced labor must come down, Gunma says

The Gunma Prefectural Government said Tuesday it won’t allow a memorial to Koreans who were engaged in wartime forced labor to remain at a local public park, citing political remarks made by the group responsible for its construction. The monument was built in 2004 ...

Activists trace fate of Korean wartime laborers

Jun 12, 2014

Activists trace fate of Korean wartime laborers

A group of Osaka-based activists hunting for public records on Koreans who were forced to work in Japan during the war has helped uncover information on missing workers and bring closure to their families in South Korea. The group says its efforts have been ...

May 17, 2014

Wrong to judge early imperialist Japan too harshly?

by Michal Hoffman

“Korea turned out to be this nice, laid-back place…” It’s 1918; Korea has been a Japanese colony since 1910; a Japanese settler recalls with amused relief the extravagant fears she had expressed on the eve of her family’s migration several years earlier: “We might ...

Anti-Korean sign discovered on popular pilgrim trail

Apr 9, 2014

Anti-Korean sign discovered on popular pilgrim trail

A xenophobic notice calling for the exclusion of foreigners was discovered Wednesday on the route of a popular 88-temple walking course known as “Shikoku Henro” on Shikoku. The sign, found glued at a rest station in the city of Yoshinogawa, Tokushima Prefecture, read, “Let ...

Mar 22, 2014

The sloughing of Japan's corporate skin goes on

by Michal Hoffman

“Man is born free and is everywhere in chains.” No 18th-century Japanese thinker could have written that. It is amusing to imagine one even reading it. What emotion would it have called forth? Outrage? Blank incomprehension? Born free? A revolutionary notion! “The Social Contract” ...

Jan 22, 2014

China, Koreas rap Japan over history at U.N. meet

Representatives from China and the two Koreas criticized Japan over historical issues at a Monday executive board meeting of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Japanese officials at the world body said. Their criticism was leveled at Prime Minister ...

Asia-Pacific pivot sent spinning

| Nov 27, 2013

Asia-Pacific pivot sent spinning

The Obama administration is making diplomatic progress on some of Mideast's most thorny security issues but problems are piling up in a region that Barack Obama had wanted to play a bigger part in American foreign policy: Asia.

Kids take artful approach to peace-building

Oct 10, 2013

Kids take artful approach to peace-building

by Natsume Watanabe

Despite the troubled relations between their countries, children in Japan and North Korea are joining hands again to promote peace using drawings. Relief Campaign Committee for Children, Japan, a Tokyo-based nongovernmental organization, has been organizing exhibitions since 2001 featuring pictures drawn by children from ...

Scholar aims to unravel Japanese remains issue

Oct 10, 2013

Scholar aims to unravel Japanese remains issue

by Daisuke Nakai

Naoki Mizuno, a Kyoto University professor, is hoping to shed light on the Japanese who died in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula around the end of World War II and remain buried there. “The issue is a result of Japan’s (colonial rule ...