South Korea Alleges Conscripted Workers, but Japan Has the Facts

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe receives a letter of South Korean President Moon Jae-in from his special envoy Moon Hee-sang (left) on May 18th at Tokyo     In a meeting on May 17, Moon Hee-sang—special envoy of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Japan’s House Representative—told secretary general Toshihiro Nikai of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP): “While […]

Son of Comfort Women Perjurer Yoshida Removes “Unbearable” Apology Inscription

“The Apology Monument” became a memorial monument (photo taken from a new book Removing My Father’s Apology)      On May 11th, it was revealed that the son of Seiji Yoshida (deceased), who perjured claims of the forcible removal of women from the Korean Peninsula, had organized for the rewriting of the falsified explanations inscribed on the […]

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 […]