200,000 South Korean Wartime Sex Slaves is ‘Fake News,’ says Historian; An Interview with Dr. Ikuhiko Hata

Japan said Monday, April 3, it would send its ambassador back to South Korea after a diplomatic row prompted his recall in January. A comfort women statue had been erected outside the Japanese consulate in Busan in late 2016—the latest in unlawful statues built across the Japanese embassy and other public buildings in South Korea. […]

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine: A tribute to ‘priceless lives’

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada visited Yasukuni Shrine on December 29, 2016, and later answered questions from a group of reporters. A transcript of the discussion is below:    Q: What did you write in the guest book?   A: I made the following entry: “December 29, 2016, Defense Minister, Tomomi Inada”   Q: What about […]

How the Books a Hotel Leaves for its Guests Can Reignite an International Dispute

The Japanese APA Group, which runs the APA Hotel chain, is under heavy pressure after the hotel group placed books in its guest rooms questioning the Nanking Massacre and the forced conscription of comfort women. On January 17, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying responded, saying the book “again shows that some forces within Japan […]