POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Recording disturbing aspects of society considered a form of ‘insanity’
August 26, 2015
The novel “Nobi” (Fires on the Plain), written by Shohei Ooka (1909-1988), based on his own experience as a survivor of the gruesome Battle of Leyte in the Pacific theater during World War II, is not just a war novel masterpiece. It stands at the pinnacle of what we call “literature” as a form of human endeavor.
August 19, 2015
SEOUL--As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and South Korea, that should have been enough time for Tokyo to fully realize what would offend Seoul over the perception of their shared history.
August 16, 2015
Throngs of people incessantly crisscross the foot of the 240-meter-high Sunshine 60 skyscraper complex in the Higashi-Ikebukuro district of Tokyo.
August 13, 2015
“War brides” is an unfamiliar term for the younger generation, now 70 years after the end of World War II.
August 13, 2015
MEDAN, Indonesia--A shelter in an old building here on the island of Sumatra, converted from a hotel for romantic encounters, accommodated 43 Muslim Rohingya, six to eight persons to a room, when I visited it during Ramadan.
August 13, 2015
In June, an industry ministry subcommittee worked out a draft plan for Japan’s energy mix in 2030, which calls for nuclear power to provide between 20 and 22 percent of the country’s electricity needs.
August 11, 2015
BEIJING--The door to “Room C” remained shut tight on the eighth floor of a building not far from a university district in the Chinese capital. The sign on the door had been removed, and it appeared unlikely that anybody was around.
August 10, 2015
An interview I had last autumn in Germany with a lieutenant colonel in the German armed forces remains fresh and vivid in my memory.
August 04, 2015
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--A salty smell struck my nose as I descended from my car. The Pacific Ocean loomed about 4 kilometers ahead as I looked toward the east from Yasakajinja shrine near the northern end of this northeastern city.
July 26, 2015
I can read some German with the aid of a dictionary. I can decipher a little Russian, too, if I keep my nose in a dictionary. Both languages are self-taught.
July 24, 2015
U.S. troops gave the nickname of “baka bomb” (idiot bomb) to one of the weapons used in Japan’s suicide attacks during the closing days of World War II.
July 16, 2015
BEIJING--A successful entrepreneur drove his Audi A4 in May into the Zhongnanhai district of this Chinese capital, which is home to the offices and residences of President Xi Jinping and other members of the country’s leadership corps.
July 14, 2015
BEIJING--I had the opportunity to meet someone.
July 10, 2015
SAO PAULO--In the Liberdade district of this Brazilian metropolis, a large red torii gate, a Japanese-style garden and streetlights shaped like paper lanterns eloquently tell of its populace.
July 07, 2015
Many policy goals of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, such as the push for national security legislation and nuclear energy, lack public support.
July 03, 2015
When I read a book written by a psychiatrist, a question loomed in my mind: Did World War II really end 70 years ago?
June 26, 2015
KATMANDU--Tent villages remained in place in many parts of the Nepalese capital, a reminder of the great earthquake that struck the central part of this landlocked nation two months ago.
June 24, 2015
A pamphlet in “manga” form, published by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, promotes constitutional revision. Since many people were talking about it, I decided to check it out. Reading it gave me an unsettling feeling I couldn’t put my finger on.
June 23, 2015
YUGAWA, Fukushima Prefecture--A chance to visit a historic Buddhist temple in this northeastern village and learn about a great monk underscored the importance of passing down the history of the Fukushima nuclear disaster correctly to future generations.
June 22, 2015
Media attention was focused on what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had to say about his perceptions of East Asian history when he gave an address to the U.S. Congress in late April.