Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific


On Japanese Ambassador’s Apology for Bataan
July 6, 2009, 6:45 pm
Filed under: Japan, POW and Forced Labor

Japan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki attended a meeting of former American prisoners of war on May 30, and became the first Japanese government official to apologize for the Bataan Death March in 1942. Mainichi Shimbun provides a commentary on his apology, pointing out the double-standard in Japanese conservatives’ attitudes towards the US and Asian countries over the issue of the memory of WWII.

Differing views on WWII crimes overshadowed by U.S.-Japan security treaty, Mainichi Shimbun, June 22, 2009



Japanese textbook controversy, Japan-China over History
June 12, 2009, 2:44 pm
Filed under: China, China-Japan, History Textbooks, Japan

The frist article discuss the textbook issue in Japan. The other two articles discuss the tension between Japan and China on the history issue:

Japanese Textbook Controversies, Nationalism, and Historical Memory: Intra- and Inter-national Conflicts, Japan Focus, June 2009

China-Japan Tensions, 1995-2006: Why They Happened, What to Do, Brookings Institution, June 2009

China’s Other Massacre, Foreign Policy, June 2009



China Halted its Official Exchanges with NK
June 12, 2009, 2:40 pm
Filed under: China, China-Japan, China-Korea, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, Korea

China halted its official exchanges with North Korea after its second nuclear test. The articles below also introduce responses from other countries such as South Korea, Japan, and the United States:
SKorean nuclear envoy says he will visit China, AFP, June 9, 2009

‘An Act of State Terrorism By North Korea’, Fox News, June 9, 2009

China pressed on N.Korea, Straits Times, June 7, 2009

Hatoyama, Lee agree China key in North U.N. resolution, Japan Times, June 6, 2009

China’s ties with North Korea fraying, JoongAng Daily, June 6, 2009

Japan plans missile early warning system, Reuters, June 2, 2009

China Suspends North Korea Exchanges, Yonhap Reports (Update1), Bloomberg, June 1, 2009

The power of presidential restraint, Boston Globe, June 1, 2009

North Korea’s Point of View, Seoul Times, June 2009

The Japanese Skeleton In Kim’s Closet, Forbes, May 31, 2009

Gates Looks to Tougher Approach on North Korea, May 30, 2009



Weekly Update – June 12
June 12, 2009, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Japan, Remainder

The artciles below include: Statement by  President Obama’s nominee to the Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Remarks by the US Special Representative for North Korea Policy at the Korea Society Annual Dinner;  Review of “The Uses and Abuses of History” by Margaret Macmillan; and Japan’s Reform of the Ministry of Defense Reform:

President Obama’s Nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State, Jun 10, 2009

Getting the history and the politics wrong, Tribune

Remarks at the Korea Society Annual Dinner, US Department of State, June 9, 2009

Defense Ministry pushes for more policy control, Japan Times, June 5, 2009



Japan Apologizes for Bataan Death March
June 1, 2009, 4:14 pm
Filed under: Japan, POW and Forced Labor

Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese Ambasaddor to the Untied States, the 73 surviving POWs of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines in April 1942 during World War II:

Japan Apologizes for Bataan Death March, ABC News, May 30, 2009

Opinion: Unsung heroes of Bataan Death March never received their due, Mercury News, May 24, 2009



Reactions to N-korea’s second nuclear experiment
June 1, 2009, 4:07 pm
Filed under: China, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, Korea

The articles below show varying reactions from the US, CHina, South Korea, and Japan to North Korea’s second nuclear experiment:

Bruce Cumings: Latest North Korea Provocations Stem from Missed US Opportunities for Demilitarization, Ddemocracy Now!, May 29, 2009

Squeeze Pyongyang gently, Japan Times, June 1, 2009

Why We Know North Korea Is Bluffing, Fox News, May 29, 2009

North Korea’s nuclear test puts China in a tight spot, Guardian, May 29, 2009

Understanding China’s Approach to North Korea, Huffington Post, May 29, 2009

U.S. grapples with idea of permanent nuclear N.Korea, Reuters, May 29, 2009

Why China Won’t Do More With North Korea, Washington Post, May 2009

Facing Down North Korea With Weak Words, CBS, May 27, 2009

Bolton: We Need to Apply More Pressure to North Korea’s Regime, Fox News, May 27, 2009

Backgrounder: History of DPRK nuclear issue, People’s Daily Online, May 26, 2009

China ‘resolutely opposed’ to NKorean nuke test, Associated Press, May 25, 2009

JUDITH MILLER: The Key to Reining In North Korea? It’s China, Stupid…, Fox News, May 25, 2009

North Korea may test missile, says Japan, Gulf Times, May 22, 2009

Hiraoka calls for nuke-free zones, Japan Times, May 21, 2009

Hisahiko Okazaki: The Perry Approach to Pyongyang, Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2009



Moves for Reducing/Abolishing Nuclear Weapons
June 1, 2009, 4:04 pm
Filed under: China, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan

News on Japanese anti-nuclear movements and China’s demand for the US and Russia to reduce the number of their nuclear weapons:

Japan pins hopes on U.S. for global abolition of nuclear weapons, Mainichi Shimbun, May 27, 2009

China calls on US, Russia to cut their nuclear arsenals, Taipei Times, May 24, 2009

Protests as nuclear fuel ship docks in Japan, AFP, May 17, 2009