Apr 21, 2014

More activists sue over Abe's shrine visit

Hundreds of activists filed a lawsuit Monday with the Tokyo District Court against the government and war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, claiming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit there last December was unconstitutional. The 273 people in the group, which includes relatives of the war dead, experts ...

Apr 21, 2014

Chinese admiral to snub Japan at meeting

The commander of the Chinese Navy will refuse to meet Japanese military officials at a regional naval symposium in China this week, a navy spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, citing what he called hurtful actions by Japanese leaders. The decision to snub ...

Apr 17, 2014

Abe rejects idea of replacing Yasukuni Shrine

Despite growing tensions generated by his controversial visit last year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday dismissed the idea of building a new memorial to replace war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, saying the Shinto facility is too well known as a venue for mourning. ...

Apr 12, 2014

Yasukuni frequent flyer Shindo enrages China, South Korea

Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Yoshitaka Shindo paid his latest visit to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Saturday, but described it as “a private matter.” The visit immediately draw protests from China, South Korea and Taiwan later in the day. “I did it ...

Apr 9, 2014

Japan's jet scrambles against Chinese planes hit record high

Japanese fighter jet scrambles against Chinese planes hit a record high in the year that ended in March, the Defence Ministry said Wednesday, as Sino-Japanese ties were strained by disputes over territory and interpretations of history. Japan scrambled combat planes against Chinese aircraft 415 ...

War memorials as varied as public's views

| Mar 31, 2014

War memorials as varied as public's views

by Eric Johnston

The controversial Yasukuni Shrine, a source of perennial tension between Japan and its East Asian neighbors, and the Peace Parks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are well-known in and out of Japan as the country’s representative war memorials, drawing millions of visitors each year. But ...

Mar 23, 2014

Poll says more Japanese bullish on economy

The number of Japanese who believe the economy is heading in the right direction has risen to 22 percent, up from 11 percent from the previous year, according to a Cabinet Office survey. The figure was the highest since the survey began in 1998, ...

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 ...