Aug 4, 2016

Abe's pick of nationalistic Inada as defense chief riles China

China’s state-run media has slammed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s choice of right-leaning nationalist Tomomi Inada as the country’s new defense minister. China Central Television said on Wednesday the appointment showed “how Japan’s security policy is swinging all the more to the right,” urging heightened ...

Dec 29, 2015

South Korean indicted over blast at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine

Tokyo prosecutors have indicted a South Korean man for trespassing at Yasukuni Shrine in late November when a small explosion occurred there. Chon Chang-han, 27, allegedly entered the shrine’s grounds with unlawful intent on the morning of Nov. 23. The blast occurred in a ...

Mar 24, 2015

Wartime slogan should stay buried

The silence of the Abe administration on a the use of the phrase "Hakko Ichiu" by an LDP lawmaker will only serve to raise suspicions about its attitude toward Japan's militaristic past.

Dec 16, 2014

'Yasukuni' director says 2007 film timelier than ever

With Angelina Jolie’s film “Unbroken” about Japan’s brutal treatment of prisoners during World War II being released this month, Chinese filmmaker Li Ying figures his 2007 anti-militarist documentary “Yasukuni” has only gained in relevance. The film, which had its British premiere last week, focuses ...

Group tells Yasukuni Shrine to ditch convicted war criminals

Oct 29, 2014

Group tells Yasukuni Shrine to ditch convicted war criminals

An influential group that represents families of the war dead is urging Yasukuni Shrine to remove the names of the convicted war criminals currently enshrined there, an official said Wednesday. A chapter of the Japan War-Bereaved Families Association passed a resolution at its annual ...