Mar 24, 2015

Wartime slogan should stay buried

The silence of the Abe administration on a the use of the phrase "Hakko Ichiu" by an LDP lawmaker will only serve to raise suspicions about its attitude toward Japan's militaristic past.

Mar 8, 2015

Learning from a sunken battleship

The discovery of the sunken battleship Musashi — the Imperial Japanese Navy's biggest warship — by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen last week should serve as an opportunity for anybody to contemplate the real face of war.

| Mar 6, 2015

Home design; Pacific war; CM of the week: Taisho Pharmaceutical

TV Asahi’s “Before/After” (Sun., 6:57 p.m.) is single-handedly responsible for the “reform boom.” The show has inspired thousands of families to remodel their homes into something more livable and aesthetically pleasing. Last year, the program went overseas for the first time and brought a ...

A long, painful look into the whirlpools of World War II

Feb 18, 2015

A long, painful look into the whirlpools of World War II

by Giovanni Fazio

The 1985 Holocaust documentary “Shoah,” directed by Claude Lanzmann — screening until Mar. 6 at Tokyo’s Theatre Image Forum — feels more like evidence than cinema. At 9½ hours, and filled with straight-to-the-camera testimony from concentration camp survivors, Nazi guards and many other eyewitnesses, ...

Bletchley Park recreates wartime Britain

Feb 7, 2015

Bletchley Park recreates wartime Britain

by Danica Kirka

As a tourist site, Bletchley Park has been something of a well-kept secret. That’s because it was a government secret as well. But the once-classified home of Britain’s World War II code-breakers is finally coming out of the shadows. Though eclipsed by attractions such ...

Feb 6, 2015

Abe could learn from Weizsaecker

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares a statement for this summer's 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, he might take a cue from the words of the recently departed former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who faced up to Nazi German's ...