Reading between the lines of From the Fatherland, With Love, it appears there's a lot in Japanese society that Ryu Murakami is not particularly enamoured with.Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 2:02pm
A Japanese weekly news magazine has envisaged how Japan's armed forces could go about invading and occupying disputed islands that are presently controlled by South Korea.24 Aug 2012 - 3:16am
Nationalism has no place where territorial disputes are concerned. Sovereignty claims have to be resolved through diplomacy. Yet Chinese, Japanese and South Koreans have put common sense to one side in pressing their governments to be more forceful over contested islands in rich fishing grounds that may lie on oil and gas reserves.16 Aug 2012 - 11:40am
For all their shared interests in a peaceful, prosperous and stable East Asia, there are plenty of reasons for Japan and China to be suspicious of one another, from rivalries over regional influence, to China's assertiveness and military build-up, to the role of the US military. The Yasukuni Shrine to Imperial Japan's war dead should not be among them.17 Oct 2012 - 6:49pm
When New York-based visual artist Lee Chang-jin read an article in The New York Times about 'comfort stations' - organised rape camps set up by the Japanese military in Asia during the second world war - some years ago, she was surprised she had not heard about them before.4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Publishers have agreed to separate sales of school textbooks from teaching materials in three key subjects, starting next year.
Their union announced the concession yesterday after education chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung warned that the government could publish school textbooks itself to break their monopoly.22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
The mainland's security forces have many skills, not least curbing dissent. And yet violent anti-Japanese protests seem to be able to erupt spontaneously and regularly in recent days. It is hard to escape the conclusion that if there is no official involvement in their creation, they are at least being sanctioned.21 Oct 2010 - 12:00am
Should mainland maids be allowed to work in Hong Kong?
Many families employ foreign domestic helpers to handle household affairs, as well as to take care of children and elderly relatives.2 Oct 2009 - 12:00am
Almost everyone knows about the Japanese occupation of the mainland during the second world war and the terrible things that happened.
As a result, a lot of people - especially older ones - will not go to Japan, will not buy Japanese products and will not eat Japanese food.
But we don't need to reject everything Japanese to show that we love our country.6 Jan 2009 - 12:00am
Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, which honours Japan's war dead, including some Class A war criminals from the second world war, came under attack from hackers, with its pages altered to show a Chinese national flag, Japanese media reported yesterday.26 Dec 2008 - 12:00am