Like Japan, South Korea embroiled in textbook battle

Nov 24, 2014

Like Japan, South Korea embroiled in textbook battle

A 17-year-old Korean girl tortured to death for opposing Japanese colonial rulers nearly a century ago has become the latest touchstone of the nationalism that is shadowing Asia’s economic rise. Yu Gwansun became known as Korea’s Joan of Arc after she lost her parents ...

'Patriotic wives' few in number — but loud

Jun 20, 2014

'Patriotic wives' few in number — but loud

by Linda Sieg

One by one, women take the microphone near the crowded Hachiko crossing in Tokyo’s Shibuya shopping district on a hot and humid weekday, denouncing the pacifist Constitution, blasting China’s “recklessness” and mocking the South Korean flag. “The Japanese Constitution that cannot protect our children’s ...

'Patriot wives' put country before gender

| Apr 26, 2014

'Patriot wives' put country before gender

by Philip Brasor

In a 1989 essay, “Coming Down Again: After the Age of Excess,” from a newly edited collection of her writings, the late American critic Ellen Willis discussed a dilemma the women’s movement faced in the ’70s. With the advent of the ’60s counterculture came ...

Nationalism not on the rise: Abe's brother

Mar 21, 2014

Nationalism not on the rise: Abe's brother

Nationalism is “absolutely not” on the rise and Japan remains committed to peace almost 70 years after its defeat in World War II, said Vice Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi, the younger brother of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe’s December visit to Yasukuni Shrine, which ...

Bolivia expels USAID for 'meddling' in its affairs

May 3, 2013

Bolivia expels USAID for 'meddling' in its affairs

President Evo Morales on Wednesday announced the expulsion of USAID from Bolivia, accusing the U.S. agency of meddling in his country’s internal affairs in a new souring of often-tense relations. The United States quickly dismissed the allegations as baseless, and said Bolivia’s action showed ...

Feb 24, 2013

Whose morals will be taught?

The government’s panel on improving Japan’s education system has decided to have the government make morals a regular subject in schools. The Education Rebuilding Implementation Council, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and chaired by Kaoru Kamata, president of Waseda University, intends to advise ...