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The Seoul Central District Court building in Seoul. In late January, the court granted the plaintiff's request to seize the funds, following a December ruling by the top court that ordered Hitachi Zosen to pay the plaintiff 50 million won in damages.
Feb 20, 2024
South Korean wartime labor plaintiff receives funds from Japan firm
This is the first case in which funds from a Japanese company have been transferred to a plaintiff following a trial related to wartime forced labor.
The title monster in “Godzilla Minus One” is a threat, of course, but the real story is about finding community in the wake of destruction.
Feb 3, 2024
‘Godzilla Minus One’ stomps into ‘Oppenheimer’ territory
Those movies, along with “The Boy and the Heron,” are essentially in conversation about the moral weight of American and Japanese actions in World War II.
The Defense Ministry has punished senior GSDF officials over the use of an official vehicle to visit Tokyo's war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, but said that since the trip was a private one and "based on their free will," it was not subject to any penalty.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 27, 2024
GSDF vice chief punished for using official car for Yasukuni visit
The ministry, however, said that the visit itself to the shrine was a private one and "based on their free will," and thus not subject to any penalty.
Plaintiffs hold up a banner outside South Korea's Supreme Court in Seoul on Thursday ahead of a wartime labor ruling by the top court.
Jan 25, 2024
South Korea's top court upholds wartime labor rulings against Japan firm
The top court ordered the company to pay between 80 million won and 100 million won in compensation each to 23 victims of the firm for forced labor.
An Oppenheimer film poster at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York in July
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jan 24, 2024
'Oppenheimer' to be shown in Japan, eight months after meme outrage
The release date is almost eight months after memes mixing visuals from the film "Barbie" with atomic blasts provoked anger from people in Japan.
Melissa Parke, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, speaks during an interview in Tokyo on Monday.
Jan 23, 2024
ICAN chief urges Japan to recognize nuke ban and not fear U.S. reaction
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, as of the start of 2023, nine nuclear powers possessed an estimated 12,512 nuclear weapons.
Former U.S. President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends a rally in advance of the New Hampshire presidential primary election in Rochester, New Hampshire, on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 22, 2024
Trump references atomic bombings to argue for presidential immunity
A federal court ruled last year that immunity would be lost upon leaving office, opening up former presidents to be punished for crimes committed during their tenures.
Plaintiffs' lawyers speak to reporters in Seoul on Thursday after South Korea's Supreme Court upheld lower court decisions ordering Nippon Steel to pay damages to South Koreans over wartime labor.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 12, 2024
South Korean top court upholds wartime labor ruling against Nippon Steel
The ruling comes after the top court last month ordered the company and two other Japanese firms to compensate victims.
Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward
Jan 12, 2024
Vice GSDF chief visited Yasukuni Shrine with subordinates
The ministry is investigating the details as the visit may be a violation of an administrative vice minister directive issued in 1974.
Demonstrators march as they protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in London on Dec. 9. Huge demonstrations against the Israeli military’s attacks on Gaza have been taking place in the U.K. and elsewhere.
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jan 9, 2024
Europe rattled by Israel-Hamas war
Attempts to establish a peaceful international order after two world wars have been greatly shaken by recent conflicts.
The Atomic Bomb Dome at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
JAPAN / History
Jan 7, 2024
English-language Hiroshima Peace Declaration book published
With over 400 footnotes explaining different words and idioms, the book can be a great way for for 'global citizens' to learn English.
People line up to enter the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in the city of Hiroshima on Aug. 14.
Dec 29, 2023
Hiroshima museum eyes online ticketing to ease congestion
The surge in visitors to the museum is apparently attributable chiefly to the effects of the Group of Seven summit held in the city in May.
Plaintiffs and lawyers in wartime labor lawsuits attend a news conference in Seoul last week.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 28, 2023
Top South Korea court upholds wartime labor rulings against Japan firms
The Supreme Court in Seoul upheld decisions by lower courts ordering Hitachi Zosen and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to pay damages.
Nancy Mills in a photo that appears to have been taken on Amami Oshima
JAPAN / History
Dec 26, 2023
New Yorker recalls life on Amami island 70 years after reversion
Tracing her early childhood through photographs and letters, 74-year-old Nancy Mills wishes for Amami residents' happiness.
Children run down a street in the Oimawashi district of Sendai in about 1955.
JAPAN / History
Dec 21, 2023
WWII survivors' neighborhood remembered after last house torn down
Sendai's Oimawashi district was built nearly 80 years ago for people whose property had been destroyed by bombing.
Families of deceased plaintiffs in lawsuits over wartime labor during Japan's colonial rule outside South Korea's Supreme Court in Seoul on Thursday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 21, 2023
South Korean court upholds wartime labor damages order for Japan firms
The rulings came as South Korea-Japan relations have been improving since Seoul announced in March its plan for solving the wartime labor issue.
Israeli soldiers keep position on a hill overlooking northern Gaza on Monday.
Dec 12, 2023
Gaza destruction worse than in WWII Germany, EU's top diplomat says
Josep Borrell considers Israel's military operation to be disproportionate in terms of civilian deaths and damage to civilian property and infrastructure.
Janos Cegledy sits in a park in Tokyo's Nerima Ward. The pianist says Japan suits him, “There is a certain civility and politeness here which you don’t find anywhere else.”
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / Longform
Dec 11, 2023
The extraordinary life of a Holocaust survivor living in Japan
Janos Cegledy tours schools, telling his story. If the students ever meet a Holocaust denier, he says, they can reply, "I met someone who was there."
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a meeting in Nagasaki on Saturday
Dec 9, 2023
Kishida vows increased effort to achieve nuke-free world
At a meeting in Nagasaki, the prime minister called nuclear disarmament a "common ideal of humanity."
Former South Korean "comfort woman" Lee Yong-soo with a statue symbolizing "comfort women" at the Seoul Comfort Women Memorial
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 9, 2023
No appeal by Japan after 'comfort women' ruling: South Korea
The ruling ordered Tokyo to pay around 200 million won ($152,000) to each of the Korean complainants.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation