National / Politics Dec 29, 2016

Japan must try harder at reconciliation: South Korea, China

South Korea and China reacted guardedly to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor, with both saying Japan should try harder to reconcile with the countries it victimized before and during World War II. A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday that Japan ...

The top Japan news stories of 2016

National Dec 29, 2016

The top Japan news stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these national news stories as the most important of 2016. 1. A president in Hiroshima: U.S. President Barack Obama made a historic and emotional visit to Hiroshima on May 27. He was the first sitting U.S. president to go to ...

China holds annual ceremony for victims of Nanjing massacre

National / Politics Dec 13, 2016

China holds annual ceremony for victims of Nanjing massacre

China held a memorial ceremony Tuesday for victims of the 1937 massacre committed by Japanese troops in Nanjing, as the two countries have been pushing to improve relations overshadowed for years by territorial and wartime issues. This year's state commemoration took place two weeks before ...

Editorials Dec 7, 2016

Abe's tribute at Pearl Harbor

If Shinzo Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor matters as a symbolic gesture of reconciliation with the U.S., he should consider similar steps with Japan's Asian neighbors.