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'Nothing can prepare you to witness this'

National Mar 20, 2011

'Nothing can prepare you to witness this'

by Rob Gilhooly

It's a relatively minor incident that gets me. I'm at a gymnasium in central Ishinomaki photographing members of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) as they unload dozens of corpses from a truck. Each is wrapped in blankets, some with flowery designs far too cheerful ...

Nationalism and its discontents

Feb 27, 2011

Nationalism and its discontents

by Jeff Kingston

In this wide-ranging feature following a recent visit to Chengdu, China, Jeff Kingston examines Sino-Japanese relations and challenges facing the government in Beijing Last December when I visited Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in southwest China, people there were still agitated about Japan ...

History museum takes no prisoners

Asia Pacific Feb 27, 2011

History museum takes no prisoners

by Jeff Kingston

A powerful earthquake devastated Sichuan Province in 2008 and recovery is still ongoing, but this prosperous and fertile region of southwest China has also suffered a series of man-made disasters. During the Great Leap Forward (1958-61), when as many as 45 million Chinese died from ...

Minding the gaps

Asia Pacific Feb 27, 2011

Minding the gaps

by Jeff Kingston

During the Senkaku/Diaoyu imbroglio following the Sept. 7, 2010 collision between a Chinese trawler and a Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel off disputed islands of those names in the East China Sea, some NHK and Asahi reporters emphasized that the anti-Japanese demonstrations in China ...

Japan's first pop culture

National / History Feb 13, 2011

Japan's first pop culture

by Michael Hoffman

Pop culture. Japan's today is thriving, vibrant, spreading, turning people the world over into manga/anime freaks and costume players. It's a new role for this once introverted, quietly workaholic nation. As recently as the 1980s, "culture" in Japan meant, if not corporate culture, then high ...

National / History Aug 9, 2009

'It is time to discuss this more frankly'

Kazuhiko Togo, Professor of International Politics at Kyoto Sangyo University, is a former Ambassador to the Netherlands and the author of 2005's "Japan's Foreign Policy 1945-2003" and 2008's "Rekishi to Gaiko" ("History and Diplomacy"). He is also a grandson of Shigenori Togo (1882-1950), ...

National / History Jul 26, 2009

Bridge of sorrows

by Edan Corkill

When Naoko Jin tells former Japanese soldiers that the Filipinos they fought against during World War II are ready to forgive them, they simply don't believe her. "They don't expect to be forgiven," said Jin. "They don't think it's possible that anyone could forgive them." For ...

Stage Feb 22, 2009

Its director's cut on new Festival/Tokyo

by Nobuko Tanaka

Japan may be floundering politically and economically, but amid all the uncertainties it is a joy to report the sparkling rebirth of a major international theater event in Tokyo. Tokyo International Festival (TIF) may be dead — but watch out Avignon, Edinburgh and Adelaide as ...

National / Social Issues Feb 8, 2009

Burmese junta fuels influx

by Jeff Kingston

In 2008 there was a sharp spike in the number of people seeking asylum in Japan, and although only 6 percent of those processed were recognized by the government as refugees, they totalled 57 compared with 41 the year before. Eri Ishikawa of the Japan ...