History Overshadows Japan-South Korea Rapprochement
By Kosuke Takahashi
Why are Japan and South Korea, both U.S. allies and East Asian democracies, continuously at odds over everything from their territorial dispute to wartime labor compensation?
Shifting World War II Memory in East Asia Signals Newly Emerging Global Alliances
By Vincent K. L. Chang
With tensions rising in the Indo-Pacific, Beijing’s new triumphalism takes aim at one-time ally U.S., while Washington and its regional partners embrace former foe Japan’s historical revisionism.
Jennifer Lind on Abe Shinzo and Japanese Nationalism
By Catherine Putz
The LDP hosts a “constant struggle between people who favor more moderate patriotism and versus those favoring a more extreme nationalism. We see this not only in the LDP but within Abe himself.”
Japanese Emperor Akihito Delivers Final Official War Memorial Speech
By Thisanka Siripala
Emperor Akihito, known for his emphasis on reconciliation and peace, gave his last speech at Japan’s annual ceremony for WWII dead.
Japan, China, and the Strains of Historical Memory
By Joe Renouard
80 years after the Nanjing Massacre, historical issues continue to haunt China-Japan relations.
Japan’s Pyrrhic Victory Over ‘Comfort Women’ Commemoration
By Edward Vickers
Blocking comfort women documents from UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register could do Japan more harm than good.
Shinzo Abe's Visit to Pearl Harbor: What to Expect
By Yuki Tatsumi
What to watch for during the Japanese prime minister's historic trip.
Should President Obama Visit Hiroshima?
By Gi-Wook Shin and Daniel Sneider
If framed correctly, a presidential visit could advance historical reconciliation throughout Northeast Asia.
Kerry Becomes First US Secretary to Visit Hiroshima
By Shannon Tiezzi
Kerry's trip, made with the other G7 foreign minsters, could pave the way for a visit by Obama in May.
Japan's Emperor Visits the Philippines: Major Takeaways
By Yuki Tatsumi
Emperor Akihito's time in the Philippines was as much about the past as the future.