Prince Mikasa, Emperor Akihito's uncle, turns 100

National Dec 2, 2015

Prince Mikasa, Emperor Akihito's uncle, turns 100

Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, turned 100 years old on Wednesday. The prince is the oldest member of the Imperial family, living through the reign of three different Emperors in the Taisho, Showa and Heisei eras. He is the only living royal family member ...

National / History Mar 22, 2014

The sloughing of Japan's corporate skin goes on

by Michael Hoffman

"Man is born free and is everywhere in chains." No 18th-century Japanese thinker could have written that. It is amusing to imagine one even reading it. What emotion would it have called forth? Outrage? Blank incomprehension? Born free? A revolutionary notion! "The Social Contract" (1762) is the ...

China's contribution to Japan's defeat

Books / Reviews Aug 24, 2013

China's contribution to Japan's defeat

by Jeff Kingston

An estimated 14 million to 20 million Chinese died during this epic struggle of resistance against Japanese aggression in a war that produced a staggering 80 million to 100 million refugees. Despite the prolonged onslaught of Japan's modern military machine for eight long years, ...