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Movie on “Visas for Life” Japanese Diplomat Shown in Washington (News)

Washington, April 20 (Jiji Press)—A movie depicting the life of late Japanese diplomat Sugihara Chiune, who issued transit visas to thousands of Jews fleeing Nazi persecution during World War II, was shown at the US Department of State in Washington DC on Thursday. The screening party was joined by CME Group Chairman Emeritus Leo Melamed, 85, one of the Jewish people who escaped to the United S…
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Ceremony in Japan Commemorates Pearl Harbor Attack Victims (News)

Nagaoka, Niigata Pref., Dec. 8 (Jiji Press)—Memorial fireworks were launched in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, on Thursday for those who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, marking the 75th anniversary of the incident. Viewers who gathered on a bank of the Shinano River also prayed for peace. Nagaoka is the hometown of Yamamoto Isoroku, commander-in-chief of the defunct Imperial Japanese…
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Behind the Scenes of Obama’s Hiroshima VisitJulian Ryall

Barack Obama’s May 27 visit to Hiroshima brought together a president and a survivor of the 1945 atomic bomb in an image of compassion that went around the world. We talked to the documentary film producer who shed light on Mori Shigeaki’s work.
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President Obama’s Hiroshima Speech: An AssessmentDaniel Sneider

When Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, his speech outlined the threat to humanity of nuclear weapons and the need for humankind to turn its ingenuity to the task of achieving a world free of them. Reactions were largely warm, but as Daniel Sneider writes, the voices of those who found his remarks lacking may serve as a signpost toward a future of deeper reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific.
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The Japanese Historian Honoring Hiroshima’s American DeadJulian Ryall

The August 6, 1945, atomic bombing of Hiroshima also ended the lives of 12 American POWs held in the city. Amateur historian Mori Shigeaki has spent over 40 years identifying them and locating their families, a process that drew the attention of US filmmaker Barry Frechette, whose Paper Lanterns chronicles Mori’s work.
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The Manga City Where Japan’s Spirits DwellNippon.com Staff

Mizuki Shigeru, who passed away in November 2015, is known for the many yōkai (natural spirits) that appear in his manga works. Statues of these characters and other themed attractions now draw tourists to Mizuki’s hometown of Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture.
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“Persona Non Grata”: Gluck Brings Multicultural Perspective to Sugihara Chiune Biopic

Japanese-born American director Cellin Gluck brings a unique set of multicultural experiences and memories to his new motion picture Persona Non Grata, depicting Japanese diplomat Sugihara Chiune and his efforts to save Polish and Lithuanian Jews from the Nazis during World War II. In an exclusive interview, we explore the roots of Gluck’s latest work.
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Yano Kōji: The Japanese Actor Who’s Big in China

Actor Yano Kōji is one of the most popular Japanese people in China. After starting his career with repeated roles as Japanese soldiers in World War II dramas, he diversified into other roles and appears regularly on a popular Chinese variety show. Now he plans to return to Japan, but still wants to maintain a link with his Chinese fans.
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Abe Opens a Door with Carefully Crafted War Anniversary StatementDaniel Sneider

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s August 14 statement should be judged, in my view, against two important criteria: whether it shows a genuine effort to reflect upon and draw lessons from Japan’s wartime past; and whether it contributes to the improvement of relations in Northeast Asia and creates opportunities for reconciliation between Japan and China and Korea. The statement advances both of those go…
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The Abe Statement: A Balancing Act That Leaves Work to Be DoneAndrew Gordon

The statement issued by the government of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia is far longer than those by Prime Minister Murayama Tomiichi in 1995 and Prime Minister Koizumi Jun’ichirō 10 years later. And despite Abe’s stated desire to focus on the future, the statement overwhelmingly dwells on the past. These two facts reflect how challenging…
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