Nov 10, 2015

The 'postwar period' isn't over

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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

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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

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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.

Surviving the postwar Soviet detention camps

Aug 22, 2015

Surviving the postwar Soviet detention camps

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Japan’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, marked the end of the most devastating global conflict in history. While millions around Asia put down their weapons, Emperor Hirohito’s broadcast on the radio failed to end the hostilities for some 600,000 Japanese military personnel and civilians ...