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Shifting World War II Memory in East Asia Signals Newly Emerging Global Alliances
September 02, 2022

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.

The Guadalcanal Campaign: Then and Now
August 01, 2022

The Guadalcanal Campaign: Then and Now

By Robert Farley
Eighty years after the Guadalcanal Campaign, Solomon Islands has once again drawn U.S. strategic interest.
Japan’s Tangled Territorial Dispute With Russia
June 01, 2022

Japan’s Tangled Territorial Dispute With Russia

By Cristian Martini Grimaldi
In northernmost Hokkaido, residents can easily see Russian-held islands that once belonged to Japan. Some still hold out hope for the islands’ return.

70 Years Later, Families of Koreans Forced Into Labor Are Desperate for Answers
August 12, 2020

70 Years Later, Families of Koreans Forced Into Labor Are Desperate for Answers

By Associated Press
Thousands of conscripted Korean men vanished on Sakhalin Island, victims of first Japan’s brutal rule and then the harsh geopolitics of the Cold War.

Were ‘Comfort Women’ Forced to Fight for the Imperial Japanese Army?
July 08, 2020

Were ‘Comfort Women’ Forced to Fight for the Imperial Japanese Army?

By Cristian Martini Grimaldi
Eyewitnesses remember women among the soldiers during the battle of Kohima -- something no history book recounts.

Remembering Japan’s Colonial Abuses Against Koreans on Hashima Island
June 25, 2020

Remembering Japan’s Colonial Abuses Against Koreans on Hashima Island

By Yuji Hosaka
Despite the claims of a former resident of the island, Japanese abuses against Koreans were widespread.

Japanese Island Marks 75 Years Since Battle of Okinawa
June 24, 2020

Japanese Island Marks 75 Years Since Battle of Okinawa

By Associated Press
Japanese residents of Okinawa remembered the legacy of one of World War II’s deadliest battles.
The Doolittle Raiders and Chinese Revisionist History
April 19, 2019

The Doolittle Raiders and Chinese Revisionist History

By Bonnie Girard
Generational censorship left a story of U.S.-China cooperation, bravery, and sacrifice untold.

Japan, South Korea Foreign Ministers Meet Amid Bilateral Chill
January 26, 2019

Japan, South Korea Foreign Ministers Meet Amid Bilateral Chill

By Daniel Hurst
Just before the meeting, South Korea accused Japan of a provocative flight over a Korean destroyer.

MacArthur, Corregidor, and the Battle for the Philippines
April 13, 2017

MacArthur, Corregidor, and the Battle for the Philippines

By Francis P. Sempa
MacArthur's famous return to the Philippines hinged on retaking "the Rock."

World War II Anniversary Once Again Sparks Controversy in East Asia
August 16, 2016

World War II Anniversary Once Again Sparks Controversy in East Asia

By Mina Pollmann
The 71st anniversary of Japan's surrender saw several officials visit Yasukuni Shrine, although PM Abe did not.
Confirmed: Chinese Navy Entered US Territorial Waters off Alaska
September 04, 2015

Confirmed: Chinese Navy Entered US Territorial Waters off Alaska

By Shannon Tiezzi
Plus, China as the engine of global growth and Japanese war criminals in post-WWII China. Friday links.

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