October 25, 2014
Japan continues to face criticism in the United States over the issue of wartime “comfort women.”
October 23, 2014
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?”
October 12, 2014
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.
October 04, 2014
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.
October 01, 2014
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.
September 26, 2014
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.
September 25, 2014
BEIJING--The woman always returns on Mondays.
September 05, 2014
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.
September 03, 2014
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.
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Amid wars, reality is more complex, filled with greater richness
September 02, 2014
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.
August 22, 2014
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.
August 13, 2014
BEIJING--The summer sunlight here is so dazzling.
August 06, 2014
I recently went to see the blockbuster animated film “Frozen.” Several months had already passed since its release in Japan, but the theater was still standing room only.
July 24, 2014
ICHINOSEKI, Iwate Prefecture--Residents of the Higashiyama district, some 15 kilometers east of the center of this northeastern city, used to go into the mountains to gather wild plants to serve on their tables following the spring thaw.
July 16, 2014
The Japanese national soccer team put up a good fight, but failed to make it to the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
July 10, 2014
BEIJING--Mayu Watanabe, the top vote-getter in the “general election” for popular idol group AKB48, is known in China as Ma Yu Yu, after her Japanese nickname, Mayuyu.
July 02, 2014
On March 18, the Legislative Yuan, or Taiwan’s parliament, was occupied by hundreds of students protesting the cross-strait service trade agreement with China, which would open up services markets, such as restaurant and bar services and financial services, to each other.
June 25, 2014
FUKUSHIMA--The chirping of birds filled the air on the riverbed where the Abukumagawa river runs through the city of Fukushima just after 4 a.m. on May 24.
June 11, 2014
Tattered lace curtains billow softly in the breeze. Outside the window stretches a field of dull yellow-green. The sky and a river flowing toward the ocean are painted a pale gray. There is no one in sight.
June 04, 2014
At the university where I teach, a colleague decided to quit before he reached the mandatory retirement age. He was a good educator who was well-liked by his students.