Dec 31, 2015

The 'comfort women' agreement

The "comfort women" accord may only be the beginning of a process that will test Japan and South Korea's readiness to overcome differences and build mutual trust.

Dec 29, 2015

LDP takes aim at modern history

Does the LDP plan to use the panel to push a revisionist view of Japan's modern history and lay the groundwork for a revision of the Constitution?

Nov 10, 2015

The 'postwar period' isn't over


The "history war" between Japan and China will continue as long as the two countries are unable to resolve the gap in their interests in international political terms and address the contradictions between their national interests and strategies.

Listening to the wind on Battleship Island

Oct 3, 2015

Listening to the wind on Battleship Island


As if from a dream, the island floated over the sea like a terra-cotta dreadnought from a century ago. I’d arrived at Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island, and its profile was unmistakable from the deck of my ferry battling high waves and winds. Formally known ...

Sep 7, 2015

Beijing's history narrative


The grand parade in the center of Beijing on Sept. 3 to commemorate the end of World War II in China highlighted two contradictory narratives, both immensely important for understanding the country's future path.