Aug 4, 2015

Abe losing to his demons

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On the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat and surrender, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a wonderful opportunity to set a new path for Japan, for Asia and the world. But will he take it?

Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one China'

Aug 3, 2015

Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one China'

Protests in Taiwan over textbook revisions that students say aim to brainwash them into accepting a “one China” view of history underscore the island’s growing sense of independence from its vast neighbor and geopolitical foe. Hundreds of youths stormed the Ministry of Education compound ...

Yasukuni recognition sought for fallen brother

Aug 2, 2015

Yasukuni recognition sought for fallen brother

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Amid growing controversy over moves by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration toward allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, an 88-year-old man wants people to know the story of his younger brother, who he says is the only Japanese man killed serving ...

Taiwanese, confronting past history, target Chiang statues

Aug 2, 2015

Taiwanese, confronting past history, target Chiang statues

One has been beheaded, others defaced. Some are dressed in costumes by pranksters. Statues of Taiwan’s former ruler Chiang Kai-shek have been increasingly targeted as the island confronts its authoritarian past. Though still seen as a hero by some in Taiwan for waging war ...