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.
June 11, 2015
BEIJING--One afternoon in April, I was at Beijing Capital International Airport awaiting the arrival of an Emirates flight from Dubai carrying a passenger named Zhang Amei.
June 06, 2015
Many Japanese are aware that the Constitution of Japan was prepared on the basis of a draft provided by the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the Allied occupation forces. Many also know that its major characteristic resides in pacifism.
May 27, 2015
After the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, the university where I was teaching at the time canceled the graduation ceremony that was scheduled for March 19. “To ensure safety” was the reason given for the cancellation.
May 25, 2015
HO CHI MINH CITY--Scenes of the Vietnam War remain vivid in the memories of a 54-year-old professor, who teaches at a private university in this southern megalopolis.
May 20, 2015
The planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago, both in Okinawa Prefecture, is attracting attention. Here are some of my opinions on the matter.
May 19, 2015
KAGOSHIMA--Onions, carrots, garlic and peas were among the crops seen planted carefully on small patches of farmland that lay by the side and at the back of a detached house in this city near the southern end of Kyushu.
May 11, 2015
What is visible on the surface may not appear to be a big story. But what lies underneath deserves more attention.
May 07, 2015
A building that is believed to serve as the headquarters of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, an upcoming China-led international financial institution, is under construction in the Beijing Financial Street, a district west of Tiananmen Square.
April 24, 2015
In my second year in high school, a friend and I hitchhiked from Kobe to Hiroshima during the summer holidays. Our plan was to be in Hiroshima on Aug. 6. We arrived there late at night on Aug. 5.