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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.

Report from the São Paulo Art Biennial

Astrid Walmer interviews three artists and the curator of the 2018 São Paulo Art Biennial. Featured are Curator Gabriel Perez Barriento of Spain, Claudia Fontes of Argentina, Katrín Sigurdardóttir of Iceland, and Nicole Vlado of the United States.

Shinzo Abe’s “Way Forward” Is Step Backwards Towards Whaling

The Abe administration has called for the end of the whaling ban imposed by the International Whaling Commission in 1986. Instead, the government has proposed its “Way Forward” initiative, hoping to gain the support of other pro-whaling nations. A meeting taking place in Brazil this week will be discussing this topic with member states.

Time to Give Fox News the Boot

When is the news media not the news media? It’s when its adherence to a political ideology comes before its responsibility to inform the public about the realities of current affairs. It’s when it becomes more comfortable lying to keep a friendly regime in power than serving as a watchdog for the public interest. In that sense, Fox News has never qualified as a news organization.