Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific


Prime Minister Aso Visited China
May 5, 2009, 5:15 pm
Filed under: China, China-Japan, Japan, Yasukuni Shrine

Japanese PM Taro Aso paid a two-day visit at China to meet President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao from April 29, 2009. Leaders from the two countries discussed cooperation on issues such as economy, swine flu, global warming, and youth exchanges, while Wen raised the issue with Aso’s dedication of a tree to Yasukuni Shrine:

Address by H.E. Mr. Taro Aso, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, April 30, 2009

Hu calls on joint efforts to settle China-Japan disputes, Xinhua, April 30, 2009

China tells Japan to own up to wartime atrocities or risk national backlash, Mainichi Daily News, May 1, 2009

Japan and China making historic amends, one humdrum trip at a time, The Christian Science Monitor, April 30, 2009

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu’s Regular Press Conference on April 30, 2009, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China, April 30, 2009

Wen urges Japan to properly handle historical issues, Xinhua, April 29, 2009

China Can’t Have It Both Ways, New York Times, April 26, 2009

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News Update – May 4

May 4th: Legacy of 90 years still alive, CCTV.com, May 4, 2009

China, Taiwan Make History, Barron’s, May 4, 2009

Japanese Reactionaries’ Visit to “Yasukuni Shrine” Flayed, Korean Central News Agency, May 1, 2009

Japan Urged to Liquidate Its Crime-woven History, Korean Central News Agency, May 1, 2009

Harmonious Diplomacy and Global Governance (Part III), The Globalist, APril 30, 2009

International Symposium on Dokdo Island, May 7, PRNewswire, April 30, 2009

Lee Myung Bak Group Accused of Defending Japan’s Moves for Reinvasion,Korean Central News Agency, April 30, 2009

Should he stay or should he go?, Economist, April 30, 2009

A Pacific Alliance for Peace, Greek American News Agency, April 28, 2009

Parental love versus Kim Jong-il, Asia Times Online, April 28, 2009

China-Taiwan Links Grow, Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2009

Obama the first Asian-American president?, ABS-CBN NEWS, April 26, 2009

The Final Triumph of Chiang Kai-shek, Washington Post, April 26, 2009



Weekly Update – Mar. 02

Beijing Frets Over Pyongyang’s Launch, Asia Times Online, Mar. 4, 2009.

Rape Victim Fights for Justice Against U.S. Military, Japan, The Japan Times, Mar. 3, 2009.

Why we Recall Past Suffering, JoongAng Daily, Mar. 2, 2009.

Emperor, Empress May Visit Pearl Harbor Around July, Japan Today, Mar. 2, 2009.

Japan, China Discuss Gas Reserve Development, AP [CDT], Feb. 28, 2009.

China, Japan Play Down Islands Row, Warn N. Korea, AFP, Feb. 28, 2009.

Japan and China Seek Agreement Beyond Islands Row, Reuters, Feb. 28, 2009.

Japanese Court Rules War Shrine’s Names Must Stay, AFP, Feb. 26, 2009.



Weekly Update – Dec. 8

Japan: Chinese ships intruded in disputed waters , Yomiuri Shimbun, December 8, 2008

The battle to retrieve Korea’s old records, JoongAng Daily, December 8, 2008

Taiwan party chief heads to Japan to ease tensions, Reuters, December 6, 2008

Children ‘executed’ in 1950 South Korean killings, Associated Press, December 6, 2008

Taiwan hopeful for Chinese release of hit Japan-themed movie, December 4, 2008



Weekly Update – Nov. 3
November 3, 2008, 1:15 pm
Filed under: China, China-Japan, China-Korea, Japan, Japan-Korea, Korea, Museums/Memorials

Dalai Lama admits Tibet autonomy drive has failed, AFP, Novermber 3, 2008

Asian Views of America’s Role in Asia 2008, Asia Sentinel, November 3, 2008

Korea, US, Japan to Resume 3-Way Talks, KBS, NOvember 2, 2008

Korea, US, Japan to Resume Defense Strategy Meeting, Korea Times, November 2, 2008

Probing the Real Japan, Japan Times, November 2, 2008

Two moments in history, Heraldsun, November 2, 2008

Korea in 2068, Korea Times, October 31, 2008

Korea, Japan Will Help Create EU-Style Asian Union, Korea Times, October 31, 2008

S Korea, U.S. to conduct massive landing exercises , Xinhua, October 29, 2008

Major Changes Are Coming to N. Korea, Korea Times, October 29, 2008

China OKs film on sensitive Taiwan-Japan relations, Reuters, October 29, 2008

30th anniversary of historic China-Japan treaty marked, CCTV, October 28, 2008

Memorial village opens for Korea’s tragic queen, JoongAng Daily, September 2, 2008



Weekly Update – Oct. 27

Voices of Asia, Europe draw global attention, People’s Daily, October 27, 2008

Shuttle Diplomacy, Korea Times, October 26, 2008

Exhibition marks 63rd anniversary of Taiwan recovery from Japanese occupation, China Daily, October 26, 2008

Dutch Foreign Minister Verhagen underscores cooperation with Japan in Mainichi Q&A, Mainichi Shimbun, October 25, 2008

China, EU pledge to fight financial crisis, ABS-CBN News, October 24, 2008

China hosts reception to honor Sino-Japanese peace treaty, Xinhua, October 24, 2008

Make Dokdo Day Official, Chosun Ilbo, October 24, 2008

China peace treaty’s 30th year marked by underscoring ties, Japan Times, October 23, 2008

Chinese, Japanese PMs exchange congratulatory messages on 30th anniversary of peace treaty, Xinhua, October 23, 2008

Verhagen visiting China, Japan and South Korea, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs News, October 23, 2008

VANK Deserves Better, Chosun Ilbo, October 22, 2008

He Who Seeks The Truth , My Sinchew, October 22, 2008

Help Cyber Diplomats, Korea Times, October 22, 2008

[Column] Remembering the abandoned, Hankyoreh, October 22, 2008

Lee, Aso ‘to Mend Ties’ at ASEM Meet, Chosun Ilbo, October 21, 2008

Japan PM Aso haunted by family’s wartime past, Reuters, October 21, 2008

Differentiation Is Missing Element in Branding Korea, Korea Times, October 21, 2008

UPDATE 1-India PM to visit Japan and China to boost ties, Reuters, October 20, 2008



Weekly Update – May 14
May 14, 2008, 8:08 pm
Filed under: China-Japan, Comfort Women, Japan, Japan-Korea, Yasukuni Shrine

N.K. leader inspects monument returned from Japan: report, Yonhap, May 14, 2008

Yasukuni: The Stage for Memory and Oblivion. A Dialogue between Li Ying and Sai Yoichi, Japan Focus, May 10, 2008

Change in law launches Japanese military into space, Times Online, May 10, 2008

Doc examines ‘comfort women’ in Japan, Variety, May 9, 2008

Hibakusha: A Korean’s fight to end discrimination toward foreign A-bomb victims, Mainichi Daily News, May 9, 2008

Opponents try to block unveiling of memorial for a Korean kamikaze pilot, International Herald Tribune, May 8, 2008

War Responsibility and Historical Memory: Hirohito’s Apparition, Japan Focus, May 6, 2008

China’s next-generation nationalists, Los Angels Times, May 6, 2008

Japan’s role crucial for Asia, China Daily, May 6, 2008