This is not the first time I have read and linked to articles in The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus that I find sensible, instead of the misinformation and disinformation we see so often preached in Western press and Japanese press. I thought this article by Kimie Hara gives a more balanced Japanese view of the issue of territorial dispute between China and Japan and … [Read more...] about Okinawa, Taiwan, and the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in United States–Japan–China Relations
So it's official folks. Google has altered the name of of a disputed South China Sea reef on its map from Huangyan Island to Scarborough Shoal. Since Google says so, it must be so. Has to be so. … [Read more...] about Google alters name of disputed South China Sea reef
Recently, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, a prominent Japanese politician, raised a storm in Asia when he pronounced that the "comfort women" Japan enslaved during WWII as "necessary." According to this BBC report, Hashimoto said: In the circumstances in which bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk of losing their lives.... If you want … [Read more...] about Hashimoto’s “Comfort Women” Statement – Is it Really So Bad? A Comment about Why Japan Needs to Give a Real Apology.