‘Battleship Island’: Korean Film on Wartime Laborers Criticized for Being ‘Divorced from Reality’

  Criticism of the Korean film Battleship Island (directed by Ryoo Seung-wan) has been increasing. The film is set on the coal mine on Hashima Island, which is part of the city of Nagasaki. The island itself is popularly known as “Battleship Island” because of its resemblance to a battleship when viewed from a distance. […]

‘Apologies Are Over’: Pearl Harbor Changes Views on US-Japan Relations

  When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Pearl Harbor, Daniel Martinez was his official host and guide. Martinez, the chief historian at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, remembers that Abe was particularly impressed by a plaque at the entrance to the museum.   Completely redone in 2010 under Martinez’ […]

Ugly Truth: Is the Japanese Media Bent on Criticizing Abe at All Costs?

  In October edition of the monthly magazine Hanada, released on August 26th, author Ryushou Kadota revealed what he recently heard from journalist acquaintances. Somebody from Mainichi Shimbun supposedly said, “At the moment, the atmosphere in the company has become, just do anything to criticize [Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe.” Asahi Shimbun journalists were said to […]

Editorial: Pressure on Cambridge University Means China Threatens Academic Freedom

  Approximately 300 articles in the Chinese studies journal China Quarterly, which the Cambridge University Press publishes in Britain, were made temporarily unavailable in China.   Articles that were made unavailable are on issues such as the June 1989 Tienanmen Square protests and Taiwan independence. All the articles share the theme of suppression of freedom […]

Will More War Flags Return Home? Japanese Americans Working to Retrieve Items From US Veterans

  On August 15th, the 72nd anniversary of the end of the war, former United States marine Marvin Strombo, 93, returned a Japanese “Good-luck” flag found on the battlefields of Saipan to a bereaved family in Gifu Prefecture.     Speaking at a press conference, Strombo, who hails from the western state of Montana, said: […]

Radio Program That Broadcasts to Japanese Abductees in North Korea Needs Financial Help

The Radio representative Kazuhiro Araki (left) is talking to the microphone while Tatsuru Murao (right), executive director of COMJAN and program producer, is calling for support   Amid increasing military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, it is understood that the “Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to North Korea (COMJAN),” has finalized preparations for […]

Afghanistan Distracts Trump From The Real Monster

Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  (cr. Michael Yon)   President Donald Trump thinks he can solve the AfPak dilemma. In his speech, the United States president talked about winning. There is no winning to be had beyond safeguarding our national interests.     This is all a distraction from a gigantic problem: China. On our scale of […]