Tag - war-crimes



A "masakaki" tree offering made by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is shown at the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 21, 2024
South Korea protests Japanese leaders' offerings to Yasukuni Shrine
The government in Seoul said Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's offering had prompted a feeling of "deep disappointment."
David Inoue, the executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League, in Farragut Square, near the building that used to house the War Relocation Authority, in Washington. Inoue says his group has been more divided than it has been in decades on how it should respond to the Israel-Hamas war.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 20, 2024
War in the Gaza Strip causes surprising rift within Japanese American group
A new generation is pushing one of the largest Asian American civil rights groups to sever ties with prominent Jewish American organizations.
Palestinians gather to receive aid outside a UNRWA warehouse on March 18 as Gaza residents face crisis levels of hunger.
Apr 18, 2024
UNRWA chief warns human-caused famine 'tightening its grip' across Gaza
The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees accused Israel of blocking their ability to deliver aid to Gaza, where many are starving.
Palestinian forensic and civil defense workers recover human remains at the grounds of Shifa hospital, Gaza's largest hospital, which was reduced to rubble by a two-week Israeli raid, on Monday.
Apr 10, 2024
Families face 'unbearable' scenes to identify the dead at Shifa hospital
Gaza's largest hospital was reduced to rubble by a two-week Israeli raid. "The stench of death is everywhere," an emergency worker said.
During a rally in New York on Nov. 6, protesters call for a cease-fire in Gaza. U.S. President Biden should ensure that Israel abides by a March 25 U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire.
Apr 8, 2024
Biden must show Netanyahu that enough is enough
How can the U.S. president take the moral high ground if he allows Netanyahu to continue disregarding civilian life in Gaza, while arming Israeli soldiers?
Hamas traffics in outrage and one of its primary objectives with the Oct. 7 atrocities was to goad the Jewish state into indiscriminate attacks — and that is what Israel gave it. 
Apr 5, 2024
Israel needs to stop killing civilians immediately
Israel must wake up to the suffering it is inflicting on innocent people and the damage it is doing to its image and reputation.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Oval Office in Washington on Thursday.
Apr 5, 2024
Biden ultimatum to Netanyahu: protect Gaza civilians, or else
Analysts said the implicit threat was to slow U.S. arms transfers to Israel or to temper U.S. support at the U.N.
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, meets with the family of one of the members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who were killed in the Israeli airstrike on the Iranian embassy complex in the Syrian capital Damascus, during a funeral ceremony in Tehran on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 5, 2024
Iran embassy strike shows Israel's growing reach and disregard for norms
"In my view, it's without precedent," one analyst said, adding that he could not recall any state targeting another's diplomatic presence in this way.
Palestinians flee an area in central Gaza City after Israeli bombardment in March. U.S. President Joe Biden said an "immediate” cease-fire is necessary to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 5, 2024
Biden tells Netanyahu U.S. support hinges on protecting civilians
The comment marks a shift in position for the U.S. leader, who has faced increased pressure to take a harder line against Israel amid mounting deaths.
A vehicle where employees from the World Central Kitchen were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Deir Al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on Tuesday
Apr 4, 2024
World Central Kitchen chef says Israel targeted his aid workers 'systematically'
Chef Jose Andres said the charity group he founded had clear communication with the Israeli military, which he said knew his aid workers' movements.
A person looks at a vehicle where employees from the World Central Kitchen were killed in an Israeli airstrike, according to the NGO, in Deir Al-Balah, in central Gaza, on Tuesday.
Apr 3, 2024
Israel says airstrike unintentionally killed aid workers in Gaza
The U.S. and other allies called for explanations amid widespread condemnation.
Smoke rises following an Israeli strike in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 29, 2024
World Court orders Israel to halt famine as Hamas says cease-fire needed
The order from the International Court of Justice came as Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters battled in close combat around Gaza's Shifa Hospital.
U.S. President Joe Biden attends a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv in October 2023.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 26, 2024
Netanyahu halts envoys' U.S. trip amid rift with Biden over Gaza U.N. vote
Famine looms in the Gaza Strip and there is growing global pressure for a truce in the war health authorities say has killed some 32,000 Palestinians.
Palestinian children wait to receive food cooked by a charity kitchen amid shortages of food supplies, as the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas continues, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 5.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 20, 2024
In Gaza, starving children fill hospital wards as famine looms
Hundreds if not thousands more children could die of hunger unless fighting stops and aid agencies have full access throughout Gaza, UNICEF says.
Denys Kostev, a Ukrainian teen who lived in an orphanage in southern Ukraine and ended up in Russian-controlled territory following Moscow's full-scale invasion
WORLD / Politics
Mar 20, 2024
Poster child for Russia's removal of Ukraine orphans says he was coached, threatened
Kyiv says many Ukrainian orphans taken to Russian-controlled territory have been subjected to an orchestrated program to make them accept Kremlin ideology.
Palestinians gather to receive aid outside an UNRWA warehouse as Gaza residents face crisis levels of hunger on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 19, 2024
'Catastrophic' food shortages make mass death imminent in Gaza, agency warns
The number of people in parts of northern Gaza suffering the most severe food shortages is said to be more than triple the famine threshold.
Palestinian Umm Nael Al-Khlout cooks breakfast on the rubble of her house which was destroyed during Israel's military offensive in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on March 13.
Mar 18, 2024
The daily hunt for food in Gaza
For 2 million hungry people in the Gaza Strip, most days bring a difficult search for something to eat.
A Palestinian child waits to receive food cooked by a charity kitchen in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. The United Nation's children's agency said on Sunday that many children in Gaza are suffering from severe malnutrition.
Mar 18, 2024
UNICEF says over 13,000 children killed in Gaza in Israel offensive
Israel's military assault on Gaza has displaced nearly its entire 2.3 million-person population, caused a starvation crisis, and killed over 31,000 people.
A Palestinian girl sits holding a toddler on a sand dune overlooking a camp for displaced people in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 18, 2024
Oxfam says Israel 'deliberately' blocking aid to Gaza
NGO accuses Israel of "systematically and deliberately" blocking and undermining meaningful humanitarian response" in the Palestinian territory.
A native of the central prefecture of Aichi, Tomoko Akane began serving as a prosecutor in Japan in 1982 before taking up posts such as a professor at a Japanese law school and head of a U.N. training center. She became an ICC judge in March 2018.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 12, 2024
ICC picks Tomoko Akane as new president for 2024-2027 term
She is the first Japanese to head the Hague-based court tasked with investigating and prosecuting crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.


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