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The Perons and the Japanese

Historian Roberto Baschetti describes the links between Argentine leaders Juan and Eva Peron with Japan and the Japanese, especially with one of their admirers, Makiko Yamamoto.

Shinzo Abe’s Diplomatic Isolation on North Korea

As anticipation builds up for a second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, now expected to take place in late February, another closely interested figure is sitting out cold on the sidelines—Shinzo Abe.

Peaceful Japan Succumbing to the Military-Industrial Complex

Last week, the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition was held in Tokyo. Several companies from around the world came to display their latest innovations, including new technologies for aircraft and space flight. Most prominent were the military weapons and aircraft displays, including a real Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II.

The Campaign to Overwrite the Comfort Women Past

In 1993, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono made the most full-throated admission and apology acknowledging that Japan had coerced women across Asia into being sex slaves—euphemistically referred to as “Comfort Women”—for the Japanese military during the Pacific War. More recently, however, conservative politicians such as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura have engaged in a campaign that is less about carving out a path toward reconciliation than to overwrite memories of an unsavory past.