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?


“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


“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 ...