Memories of those marked by nuclear war

Aug 8, 2015

Memories of those marked by nuclear war

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August, 2015. This is a month of great testimonials: outpourings of guilt, grief, consternation, remorse, atonement and, for those whose ends are not served by an honest reckoning of the past, evasion. Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, by Susan Southard.416 pagesViking, Nonfiction. It was, ...

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

Aug 5, 2015

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

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Emperor Hirohito, who is posthumously known as Emperor Showa, had a procession of public images during his long reign from 1926 to 1989 — though none were quite accurate. There was the pre-1945 Emperor — stern and remote on his white horse — who ...

Aug 4, 2015

Abe losing to his demons

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On the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat and surrender, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a wonderful opportunity to set a new path for Japan, for Asia and the world. But will he take it?

War in the jungle and war in Japan

Jul 22, 2015

War in the jungle and war in Japan

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Actor and director Shinya Tsukamoto often takes violence to strange extremes. In his first film, the 1989 horror “Tetsuo” (“Tetsuo: The Iron Man”), a businessman accidentally kills a crazed metal fetishist (played by Tsukamoto himself) with his car and, becoming “infected” by his victim, ...

Chiune Sugihara: man of conscience

Jul 11, 2015

Chiune Sugihara: man of conscience

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Chiune Sugihara, Japanese consul in Kaunas, Lithuania, awoke on the morning of July 18, 1940, to a disturbing sight. He peered through the curtains of his bedroom window just before 6 a.m. Sugihara and his wife had been living in the consulate building since ...