Why Korean Professor Believes Comfort Women Were Not Sex Slaves

  This piece was first published under the title “Seoul University professor denied the theory of comfort women as the sex slave” in Monthly Hanada Selection: Hopeless South Korea and Tragic President Park Geun-hye, a special December 2016 edition of the Japanese monthly magazine. JAPAN Forward is serializing it.   First of 3 parts   […]

Is Osaka’s Mayor Alone in Fighting Against the Comfort Women Statue in San Francisco?

  Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura has vowed to “dissolve” Osaka’s sister city relationship with San Francisco in the United States “before the year’s out.” The reason has been much publicized—at least in Japan—regarding a possible decision by the Californian city to permit a statue falsely depicting young Koreans as “sex slaves” to be installed on public property.   […]

Japan Mulls Over Leaving UNESCO Should ‘Comfort Women’ Material Be Registered

  The government of Japan will consider the possibility of withdrawing from the the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) should the latter accept questionable and contentious material on “comfort women” that various groups have jointly submitted for registration with the Memory of the World Programme.     Japan is taking inspiration from […]

Many Submitted Materials on ‘Comfort Women’ Incompatible with UNESCO Guidelines

  The “International Solidarity Committee” formed by private groups from eight countries has asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to inscribe in its Memory of the World Programme materials pertaining to wartime “comfort women.”   On October 17th—a full week before UNESCO was to make a decision—it made available the full […]

Remembering the ‘Indianapolis’ and the Worst Disaster in US Navy’s History

  In July 1945, the submarine I58 left the Hirao base in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, carrying manned suicide torpedoes called Kaiten—Japan for “Return to Heaven.” Late at night on July 29th that year, it spotted the silhouette of a large warship. Six torpedoes were launched. Three struck the target.     It was only after […]

There’s More to the Pacific Aviation Museum than Pearl Harbor and World War II

    After the United States military had learned of the Nishikaichi incident, Army Lt. Jack Armstrong of the 740th Ordnance Company was sent to Niihau to dispose of the Zero fighter’s unexploded bombs, as well as to provide Shigenori Nishikaichi with a funeral in accordance with military protocol. While tending to Nishikaichi’s body, Armstrong […]