Category Archives: International relations

“Comfort Women”: Newly uncovered Japanese wartime military documents can finally settle the controversy once and for all!!!

In the morning edition of Tokyo Shimbun dated Dec. 07, 2019, I came across an article with a headline: “One Comfort Woman per 70 Soldiers: Foreign Ministry documents implicate the military’s involvement in supplying them.” According to the article, the … Continue reading

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Okinawa’s Burden

Recently, I visited Okinawa for the third time, all trips being related to my support for Okinawa’s struggle against their being treated like second-class citizens in their own country, Japan. Okinawa used to be a small, peaceful kingdom surviving on … Continue reading

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Historical revisionism and Denial

Towards the end of last year, I saw a 2016 film Denial, written by David Hare and directed by Mick Jackson. The movie was based on a book entitled History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, … Continue reading

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Takae’s Struggle

In early August, I visited Takae, a remote and small district of about 150 inhabitants in Higashi village in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa, to take part in a sit-in against the construction of “Osprey-pads”. Two … Continue reading

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Crisis of democracy in Japan?

Japan ranked 61st among 180 countries in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), a Paris-based watchdog. It ranked 11th among 173 countries in 2010, but its position deteriorated quickly to 53rd among 178 countries … Continue reading

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Essay : My thought on Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni shrine

As expected, both China and South Korea reacted furiously to Prime Minister Abe’s visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine in late December 2013.  Diplomatic relations between Japan and these countries, which had already been strained, worsened further with no hope … Continue reading

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