Nov 12, 2013

Another thorn in Tokyo-Seoul ties

Tokyo and Seoul must try to find ways to prevent recent Korean court rulings ordering Japanese companies to compensate former Korean laborers from straining bilateral relations further.

Oct 22, 2013

Turn Japanese-Korean ties around

The chilly state of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea threatens to harm security cooperation among the two countries and the United States.

China's contribution to Japan's defeat

Aug 24, 2013

China's contribution to Japan's defeat

by Jeff Kingston

An estimated 14 million to 20 million Chinese died during this epic struggle of resistance against Japanese aggression in a war that produced a staggering 80 million to 100 million refugees. Despite the prolonged onslaught of Japan’s modern military machine for eight long years, ...

Aug 16, 2013

The shadow from Yasukuni

by Rana Mitter

Just as Japanese conservatives are taken to task for refusing to acknowledge their country's colonial horrors, so China would do well to expand discussion of its own history.

Spirits linger in the trinkets of Hiroshima's dead

Jul 25, 2013

Spirits linger in the trinkets of Hiroshima's dead

by Kaori Shoji

They say most people have one or more defining childhood incidents — something that sets the course of their adult life and molds their personality. Filmmaker Linda Hoaglund had one, and it was so striking that to this day she can still remember the ...

On Guam liberation day, 'colonial' U.S. riles

Jul 25, 2013

On Guam liberation day, 'colonial' U.S. riles

by Ronron Calunsod

Guam this week marked the 69th anniversary of its liberation from wartime Japanese forces, holding a parade at the historic Marine Corps Drive in the capital. Several war memorial activities across the U.S. territory were organized in the runup to the liberation day last ...

Propaganda: artifice by design

Jul 8, 2013

Propaganda: artifice by design

by Roland Elliott Brown

The word “propaganda” derives its modern use from the name of a 17th-century Roman Catholic institution, the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, or Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. Established during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648, a sectarian conflict that devastated Europe ...

Soldier's flag finds way back to son 68 years later

Jul 7, 2013

Soldier's flag finds way back to son 68 years later

A Japanese flag belonging to a Japanese soldier who died in the Battle of Okinawa was returned to his family Saturday, 68 years after his death. The surprise return was coordinated by the U.S. soldier who took the flag home, a Japanese woman living ...