Feb 6, 2015

Abe could learn from Weizsaecker

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares a statement for this summer's 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, he might take a cue from the words of the recently departed former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who faced up to Nazi German's ...

Defeating Nazism: a just war

Feb 3, 2015

Defeating Nazism: a just war

by Hugh Cortazzi

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we should be mindful that the peace of Europe and of the world could be jeopardized by a return to rivalry between European states and the collapse of the European Union.

Jan 23, 2015

Auschwitz's lessons for Japan

The 70th anniversary, on Tuesday, of the Soviet Army's liberation of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz concentration camp should serve as a chance for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflect on Japan's wartime behavior in the Asia-Pacific region.

Getting a head start on wartime stories

| Jan 3, 2015

Getting a head start on wartime stories

by Mark Schreiber

From the “The Dirty Dozen” (1967) to “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), cinema audiences in Japan have flocked to theaters to watch Americans and Germans killing one another. Such films continue to enjoy popularity. During the weekend of Nov. 29-30, the Brad Pitt World War ...


Jan 3, 2015


by J.J. O'Donoghue

At the same time as the U.S. Air Force was reducing Japanese cities to rubble in the final year of World War II, mainland America was also being threatened by aerial attack. Free-floating balloons, loaded with bombs, were launched from Japan’s Pacific coast aimed ...