Tourists crowd the River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. (Ryosuke Ono)
COMMENTARY: Asians revisit 'forgotten history' of Japanese-built Death Railway
KUALA LUMPUR--Beneath the rows and rows of tombstones, regularly spaced on the green lawn of the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery in western Thailand near the border with Myanmar, sleep some 7,000 soldiers from Britain, Australia, the Netherlands and other Allied nations.
A DF-31A intercontinental ballistic missile is transported in Beijing in 2009 during a military parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: China should reduce its nuclear arsenal
The nuclear security situation in Northeast Asia has been continuously deteriorating over the last several decades. Of course, the biggest nuclear threat for the regional states, including Japan, comes from North Korea. But China also poses a grave concern.
Hiroyuki Miura stands in front of his photos of people in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Gifu in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Family members scarred by suicides help disaster-hit communities
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--I accompanied freelance photographer Hiroyuki Miura this summer on his tour to assist communities that were hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011, including a stop in this northeastern city.
Light-emitting diodes glow during an event to pray for recovery from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: In age of LEDs, utilities thinking in incandescent-bulb mode
MIYAKO, Iwate Prefecture--One recent weekend took me to this northeastern city on the Sanriku coast.
Protesters to the planned Kaminoseki nuclear power plant hold up banners in front of the venue of Chugoku Electric Power Co.'s shareholders meeting in Hiroshima in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Kaminoseki nuke plant plan should be scrapped to end community division
KAMINOSEKI, Yamaguchi Prefecture--I realized the need for the earliest possible settlement after I covered a 32-year-old protest movement on Iwaishima island here opposing Chugoku Electric Power Co.’s plan to build the Kaminoseki nuclear power plant on the other side of a strait.
Citizens hold umbrellas, a symbol of Hong Kong's Occupy protest movement, in the Admiralty district on Oct. 28 to mark one month since the start of pro-democracy demonstrations. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Class conflict underlies Hong Kong’s Occupy movement
The monthlong “Occupy Central” movement by students and other citizens in Hong Kong represents a clash of value systems, according to one interesting theory.
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, left, meets with former "comfort women" at a home where those women live together in Seoul in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Kiichi Fujiwara: Memory of war must be looked at from both sides
The recent acknowledgement by The Asahi Shimbun that past testimony presented by Seiji Yoshida was a falsehood has triggered intense debate over "comfort women" during World War II.
A 1-year-old boy undergoes radiation testing in Fukushima Prefecture three days after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Birth defects never increased in Fukushima Prefecture
The rate of birth defects in babies born in Fukushima Prefecture remains no different from the national average even after the nuclear disaster there, says a report recently worked out by a study group of the health ministry.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine in December 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Japan should draw line between itself, former Axis power
Japan continues to face criticism in the United States over the issue of wartime “comfort women.”
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Shigetaka Kodama)
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: True patriots recognize the mixed bag of rights and wrongs
My son in elementary school is involved in a school project to produce a newspaper. Seeing a pile of newspapers and magazines on my desk, he asked me: “What are these? Can I read them?”
Protesters to the planned restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant march through Kagoshima on Sept. 28. (Ryo Ikeda)
COMMENTARY: Now is the time to listen to nuclear pessimists
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his one-time mentor, Junichiro Koizumi, are both pitching the phrase "You can do it if you try," but they are heading in opposite directions.
A view from the Kyonomine graveyard in Nagasaki’s Sakamoto district in the direction of ground zero (Shohei Okada)
COMMENTARY: Known or unknown, A-bomb remnants key to passing on memories to future
NAGASAKI--I visited a Christian cemetery on a hill that commands a panoramic view of this city’s Urakami district after I covered the Peace Memorial Ceremony held in the Peace Park on Aug. 9, the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing. Tranquility enveloped rows of crosses.
The “Domon” rock tunnel, an exit point of the Tonokuchiseki canal, on Mount Iimoriyama in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture (Toshihide Ueda)
COMMENTARY: Fukushima's micro-hydropower ambitions face challenges
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, which triggered a nuclear disaster and prompted a national debate on energy policy, has added a new role for a historic canal that draws water from Lake Inawashiroko to this castle town.
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Makoto Kaku)
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Imagining the unimaginable about war, comfort women
At the start of the 2006 film “Flags of Our Fathers,” the voiceover narrator states to the effect that people who really know war do not talk about war.
In an interview in 2010, Ye Jinghuan speaks about her 21-month ordeal at a “re-education through labor” camp. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Labor re-education system is gone, but rancor remains for former inmates
BEIJING--The woman always returns on Mondays.
Pag-asa Island, part of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Manila in new arms race with a China it cannot match
SPRATLY ISLANDS--Pag-asa (hope) Island looked like a historic battlefield when I chartered a fishing boat in August to visit this Philippine military outpost in the South China Sea.
Tsurugajo Castle (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Fukushima alive with seeds of industrial innovation
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--Tsurugajo Castle here, which set the stage for major developments during the Boshin civil war of 1868-1869 that established the imperial rule, is a testament to the history of Japan’s modernization process.
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Makoto Kaku)
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Amid wars, reality is more complex, filled with greater richness
The Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks topped 1,000 in Gaza. In Ukraine, a civilian airliner was shot down and nearly 300 passengers were killed.
Miyako Jodai speaks at the peace memorial ceremony in Nagasaki on Aug. 9, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun photos)
COMMENTARY: Nagasaki A-bomb survivor's anger bursts out as Abe shifts security policy
NAGASAKI--When an atomic bomb survivor began reading her “pledge for peace” at the peace memorial ceremony here on Aug. 9, I immediately noticed a deviation from the text of her speech.
Lugou Bridge, also known as Marco Polo Bridge, outside Beijing (AP Photo)
COMMENTARY: Confucian spirit of 'loyalty, empathy' found nowhere in Japan-China relations
BEIJING--The summer sunlight here is so dazzling.

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