Friday, May 24, 2013
NEW YORK — In an effort to ease tensions in East Asia, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution this week to provide free remedial history lessons to all senior Japanese officials.
The resolution comes on the heels of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto (pictured above) declaring that comfort women “were necessary [during World War II] to maintain discipline in the army,” a comment which has rankled Japan’s immediate neighbors South Korea and China.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
TOKYO — With tensions between China and Japan running high over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu island chain, Japanese nationalists led by former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara dismantled Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which commemorates Japan’s war dead, including Class-A war criminals, and reassembled it around a sleeping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Abe, exhausted from his attempts to build bridges with Japan’s ASEAN neighbors over Chinese military expansion while also reaching out to Beijing, was taking a “well-earned rest” in his Tokyo home when members of Ishihara’s nationalist Sunrise Party broke in, sedated him, and relocated him to a Tokyo park.