Abe Assassination Reenactment Creates Weibo Firestorm

A skit reenacting former Japanese President Shinzo Abe’s assassination—staged during a high school field day in Zaozhuang, Shandong—has reignited online debate over rising anti-Japanese sentiment in China. Abe’s assassination in...

Japan Court Rules Against Sex Slaves – Norimitsu Onishi

From the New York Times: In two landmark rulings, Japan’s highest court on Friday rejected compensation claims filed by former wartime sex slaves and forced laborers from China but acknowledged that they had been coerced by the Japanese military or industry. The decisions were handed down as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried to head off […]

A Conversation With Shinzo Abe – Lally Weymouth

President Bush will welcome new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House and Camp David this week. The first Japanese head of government born after 1945, Abe is a staunch nationalist who has aroused controversy with his dismissive remarks about “comfort women” — women forced to serve the Japanese army as prostitutes during […]

Wen Urges Japan’s Leader to Avoid Shrine – Carl Freire

From AP: China’s premier urged his Japanese counterpart not to visit a Tokyo war shrine at the center of tensions over Japan’s past military aggression in Asia, a news report said Wednesday… Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the country’s 2.5 million war dead, is a diplomatic flash point between Japan and its neighbors China and South […]

Tokyo and Beijing in Historical Divide – Rowan Callick

From The Australian: Just as China and Japan are starting to patch up their political differences, history wars are again threatening to throw a spanner in the works. On the eve of a crucial visit to Japan by China’s Premier Wen Jiabao, which he hopes will be “ice-thawing”, the project aimed at producing a joint […]

China Raps Japan Over Sex Slaves – BBC

Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing says Japan should face up to history and take responsibility for its army’s use of sex slaves during World War II, via BBC: He was speaking after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused controversy last week by questioning whether women were “coerced” into sexual slavery. Many historians say Japan compelled […]

China-Japan Relations Are `Back on Track’ – Allen T. Cheng and Lily Nonomiya

From Bloomberg: China-Japan relations are “back on track” since Shinzo Abe became Japanese Prime Minister in September, a top Chinese official said following a meeting between the countries’ two leaders in Hanoi. “Since Prime Minister Abe’s visit to China,” Huang Xingyuan, Councilor with China’s Foreign Ministry, said today in Hanoi. “China-Japan relations have improved dramatically […]



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