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

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Economic Integration in East Asia
July 6, 2009, 6:44 pm
Filed under: China-Korea, Japan-Korea, Korea

The first article reports that Busan in Korea and its Japanese sister city of Fukuoka have agreed to create a common economic zone, bringing the economies, cultures and peoples of both cities more closer together than ever. The opinion piece in the second article criticizes moves towards more economic integration in East Asia.

Busan, Fukuoka to Become One Economic Zone, Korea Times, June 25, 2009

Korea-China FTA — Terrible Idea, Korea Times, June 26, 2009



Nanjing!Nanjing! – Follow Up 3
July 6, 2009, 6:42 pm
Filed under: China, China-Japan

The articles discuss the Chinese movie titled Nanjing!Nanjing!.

Nanjing Massacre Movie Shows Sympathy for Japanese Army: Review , Bloomberg, June 23, 2009



South Korean reaction to the NK issue
July 6, 2009, 6:39 pm
Filed under: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Korea

The two articles below represent South Korean views that tie the issue of North Korean nuclear weapon with the national pride and autonomy of Koreans.

[Viewpoint] Fears over history repeating itself, JoongAng Daily, June 26, 2009

Looking for Clue, Korea Times, June 29, 2009



Nucler Ambitions of North Korea
July 6, 2009, 6:37 pm
Filed under: Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The articles below report issues surrounding North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. In the fifth article, Yale University historian Paul Kenney commends President Obama’s cautious policy towards North Korea, which attracted criticisms from those seeking more harsh punishment on North Korea. Financial Times reports would-be North Korean leader Kim Jong-woon’s visit at China.

Wada Haruki: Japan-North Korea Relations—A Dangerous Stalemate , Asia Pacific Journal, June 22, 2009

A new North Korea strategy , USA Today, June 24, 2009

Ambassadors of 4 nations urge N.K. back to talks, Korean Herald, June 24, 2009

U.S. Renews Sanctions Against North Korea , New American, June 25, 2009

In Praise of Caution, New York Times, June 30, 2009

North Korean ‘bright leader’ visits China, Financial Times, June 28, 2009

South Korea in a new Asia initiative, Asia Times, June 30, 2009

North Korean Ship Turning Around, CBS, June 30, 2009



Rise of China and the World
July 6, 2009, 6:36 pm
Filed under: China

The reports below provide opposing views on China’s rise and its impact on the world.

Welcome to China’s millennium, Guardian, June 23, 2009

Think Again: Asia’s Rise , Foreign Policy, June 22, 2009



Weekly Update – July 1
July 6, 2009, 6:35 pm
Filed under: China, Japan-Korea, Korea

Dong-A Ilbo reports the interview with Hatoyama, the Japanese opposition party leader who visited South Korea. Korea Times delineates the history of Seoul Buses, which were first introduced 60 years ago.

US lodges China censorship complaint, Financial Times, June 21, 2009

Seoul Buses: 60 Years of Ups and Downs, Korea Times, June 24, 2009

[Viewpoint] Sweat from the soul, JoongAng Daily, June 29, 2009

[Viewpoint] Obsession with ideology, JoongAng Daily, June 30, 2009

History of the Communist Party of China, People’s Daily Online, July 1, 2009

Japan`s Opposition Leader Speaks to Dong-A, Dong-A Ilbo, July 1, 2009