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Samurai

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On November 5, 2017
OK. U.S. President Donald Trump has said Japan should have shot down the North Korean missiles that flew over the country before landing in the Pacific Ocean earlier this year, diplomatic sources have said, despite the difficulties and potential ramifications of doing so. The revelation came ahead of Trump’s arrival in Japan on Sunday at […]

3/11

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On March 11, 2016

Five years today since the Fukushima earthquake and subsequent nuclear power plant disaster. Some links for this anniversary. The power plant is still leaking radioactive substances into the ocean, al

Setsuko Hara, RIP

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On November 25, 2015

Setsuko Hara, one of the greatest actors in film historym has died. Hara worked with most of the great Japanese directors of the postwar era, but her finest work was in the wonderful films of Yasujiro

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187 of the world’s most prominent historians of Japan have written an open letter to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, urging that he stop whitewashing the atrocities committed by the Japanese during World War II. You can read the letter here. Of course, Japanese right-wingers refuse to allow this to happen, denying horrors ranging from […]

Comfort Women

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On November 15, 2014

The level of denial in Japan over forced prostitution, rape, and colonized Korean “comfort women” in World War II is remarkable. Instead, the Japanese government’s narrative is that

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On February 15, 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt and the Japanese government signed the so-called “Gentlemen’s Agreement” to stop the migration of Japanese to the United States. This came about after the organizing of whites on the west coast against Japanese immigration, as whites steadfastly maintained their states were for the white man alone. Not only […]

Climate

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On November 15, 2013

It should be blindingly obvious by now that no country is going to sacrifice anything meaningful, and especially economic growth, to reduce emissions enough to dent the impact of climate change. Not s

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JMSDF in Action!

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On June 24, 2013
What a wonderful image of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense force in action!   Note the sinking PLAN carrier Liaoning in the background.  Obviously there’s been some sort of dreadful accident– apparently near the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands– and the Hyuga is rendering desperately needed assistance to the Chinese ship. Those Ospreys are undoubtedly rescuing scores of Chinese […]

Yamamoto

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On May 21, 2013

Interesting (slightly old) piece on Isoruku Yamamoto in Japanese historical memory: Unlike the Yushukan museum at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, the Yamamoto museum does not appear to re-

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