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HISTORY

JAPAN
May 17, 2013
New York Assembly honors 'comfort women' monument
The New York State Assembly has passed a resolution honoring a "comfort women" memorial erected last year, saying it "serves as a reminder of the crime against humanity committed" by the Imperial Japanese military.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 16, 2013
Seoul envoy: Mayor is odd man out
The South Korean ambassador to Japan slams Toru Hashimoto for his remarks justifying Japan's wartime sex slave system, saying the Osaka mayor lacks historical knowledge and regard for the rights of women.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 14, 2013
Suga rushes to smother LDP's latest brush fire over war
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga leaps into damage control mode after the LDP's policy chief says President Shinzo Abe disagrees with the findings of the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal.
Japan Times
LIFE
May 12, 2013
'Beauty' as beheld in Japan through the ages
In July 2006, Shinzo Abe published a book titled 'Utsukushii Kuni e' ('Toward a Beautiful Country'), but what does he mean by 'beautiful country'?
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 9, 2013
The ghouls who played on the Japanese mind
“Japanese Ghosts and Eerie Creatures,” which features a selection of works from the mid-Edo Period to the Showa Era, is mostly play, with little horror.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 6, 2013
Syrian conflict risks ancient heritage
A Shiite king ruled northern Syria more than a millennium ago from behind the towering walls of the citadel in Aleppo. In later centuries, Arab armies repelled medieval crusaders from the hilltop fortress, Mongol invaders damaged it and Ottomans used it as military barracks.
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WORLD
May 6, 2013
Remembering the awe that is Gettysburg
It was the biggest battle of the war, unequaled in scale and violence by anything seen before or since in North America. Two immense armies collided in the fields and orchards and woods around Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1863, and fought for three days with no quarter given, in arguably the pivotal moment of the great conflict that sits at the heart of American history.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 6, 2013
The shifting strategy of battlefield preservation
In 1988, Sen. Dale Bumpers of Arkansas pleaded with his colleagues to pass legislation that would prevent a new shopping mall on land integral to the Second Battle of Manassas. He imagined a future in which ever more commercial development encroached on land in Virginia preserved by the National Park Service, eating up the fragile buffer between the modern world and the carefully preserved 19th-century landscape that memorializes two bloody battles.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 6, 2013
Software program gives Gettysburg Address poor grade
"Imagine taking a college exam, and, instead of handing in a blue book and getting a grade from a professor a few weeks later, clicking the 'send' button when you are done and receiving a grade back instantly, your essay scored by a software program."
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Apr 28, 2013
Re-creating the life of a 17th-century concubine
As G.G. Rowley notes in the preface to her lovingly researched, elegantly written study of Imperial concubine Nakanoin Nakako, the history of her subject's period, the late 16th and early 17th centuries, 'has traditionally been written as the history of men.'
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 26, 2013
Buoyant Abe's true colors emerging
Riding high in the polls, Prime Minister Abe begins to reveal his true colors as a right-leaning historical revisionist, four months into his administration.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 17, 2013
Japan must re-learn its militarist past
Japan's conservative rulers will need a more capacious sense of history if they are to succeed in building new bridges with the country's Asian neighbors.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 2, 2013
Activists rally to protect remains of hated Berlin Wall
The workers used the early morning darkness to obscure their secretive task: removing pieces of the longest-remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 2, 2013
A gentler Ottoman Empire returns to Balkans
Turkey conquered the Balkans five centuries ago. Now Turkish power is making inroads through friendlier means.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 1, 2013
Historian seeks to have Jefferson speak for himself
Thomas Jefferson died 186 years ago. But J. Jefferson Looney still wants the nation's third president to speak for himself.
WORLD
Mar 24, 2013
Obama to name five national monuments
President Barack Obama on Monday will announce five new national monuments that will be added to the U.S. list of protected land.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Mar 17, 2013
History of British intelligence
'Empire of Secrets' is, as Calder Walton himself writes, 'the first book devoted to British intelligence during the twilight of empire that has been based on declassified intelligence reports.'
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Mar 17, 2013
The rising of a nation
This superb book charts the improbable rise of South Korea from the devastation of war and impoverishment to rapid development and prosperity, and from brutal dictatorship to the most vibrant democracy in Asia. It is 'impossible' in terms of its economic and political achievements, 'the most unlikely and impressive story of national building of the last century,' Daniel Tudor writes.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 5, 2013
Putin unable to control infighting among elite
The regime established since 2000 by Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to fall apart — perhaps this year — for the same reason that the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Mar 3, 2013
'A person and a possession': Japanese women in history
SELLING WOMEN: Prostitution, Markets and the Household in Early Modern Japan, by Amy Stanley. University of California Press, 2012, 282 pp., $49.95 (hardcover)

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on