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Meeting Japanese Remorse with Chinese AcceptanceMa Licheng

Chinese commentator Ma Licheng considers the various factors that shaped Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s statement marking the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II and calls for China to be more open-minded in its response to Abe’s words.

Seoul’s Last-Minute Campaign to Derail Japan’s World Heritage BidKimura Kan

The dispute between Japan and South Korea regarding historical perceptions became the source of a major tussle over the bid for inclusion of the “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” in the World Heritage List. The sites were added to the list, but meanwhile Seoul won international attention for its position on Japan’s wartime conscription of Korean laborers.

The Long Road to Reconciliation in East AsiaKawashima Shin

The seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II is now the subject of much discussion. Here in Japan the media has been full of references to four terms in this connection: “aggression,” “colonial rule,” “deep remorse,” and “apology.” These are key terms regarding Japan’s actions in the years before and during World War II that appeared in the statements issued by Prime Minister Murayama T…

Japan-China Relations in 2015: The Balancing Act ContinuesKawashima Shin

This year, which marks the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II, will be a time of challenge for the Japan-China relationship. The period from now through this summer will present a number of touchstones for the improvement of bilateral ties. Needless to say, historical issues continue to be a sticking point. But since last November’s bilateral summit between Prime Minister Abe Shi…

Professional Wrestling and the Hidden Harmony of Battle (Photos)Rodrigo Reyes Marín (Photographer)

There are strong ties between professional wrestling in Mexico and Japan. Many Japanese wrestlers have built careers in the Latin American country and substantial numbers of their Mexican counterparts have come to Japan to grapple. Japan-based Mexican photographer Rodrigo Reyes has dedicated himself to documenting the bonds between Japanese and Mexican pro wrestling.

Bringing @Japan to JapanNippon.com Staff

Javier Castaño (@Xabel on Twitter) was born in Asturias, on the northern Spanish coast. Just before the turn of the century he moved south to the city of Malaga, where three years ago he started working as a shoeshiner in the Café Central. Despite this humble background, today Castaño is recognized as a branding specialist, with deep knowledge of diplomacy on social networks. He has received glob…

Looking Ahead to the 2015 Round of Historical AnniversariesKawashima Shin

Years that end in 5 have been the occasion of many key events in Japan’s modern history. Just to cite a few prominent examples, the Treaty of Shimonoseki was signed in 1895, ending the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95. Ten years later, in 1905, the Russo-Japanese war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth. World War II ended with Japan’s defeat in 1945. In 1955, the Liberal Democratic Pa…

Naruto’s Limits: What Soft Power Can Actually AchieveDavid Leheny

“Soft power” receives much attention in Japan as a means to project national influence on the global stage. But does soft power truly impact other nations in the way that leaders expect it to? Political scientist David Leheny argues that only diffuse forms of soft power at the popular level count in the end.

Calls for Joint Japan-UK Action Against Crises

Former British Prime Minister John Major has urged Western nations and Asian countries, including Japan, to unite and take action against global risks and crises, as symbolized by ever-deepening confusion and conflict in the Middle East. “Both Asia and Europe have an interest in events far beyond their own borders,” Major declared in a keynote speech he delivered at the UK-Japan Global Seminar, w…

Japan’s Top Tourist Destinations

With its skyscrapers and neon, shrines and temples, and mountains and forests, Japan caters to diverse tastes. Here we describe the key places to visit, from the snowy northern island of Hokkaidō to the sunny beaches of Okinawa.

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