Empire of Japan

The admiral's reach in the US Pacific Command stretches far and wide

While the Pentagon's Asia-Pacific commander was in Hong Kong, he was busy handing out a pamphlet explaining the US Pacific Command.

Saturday, 21 February, 2009, 12:00am

Scholars still divided over July 7 events

Seventy years have passed, but historians from the mainland and Japan continue to debate what happened on July 7, 1937.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Dark days

The Nanking Massacre, also known as 'the Rape of Nanking', is considered one of the worst examples of systematic slaughter of civilians during the second world war

The killings started in Nanjing (then known as Nanking) after the city fell to the imperial Japanese army on December 13, 1937

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Abe shames a proud nation

Perhaps in an ideal world, people all across Asia would simply ignore the sad Japanese leader who slides embarrassingly and inelegantly into seemingly pointless denial over the comfort women issue of the second world war. Perhaps in another world that sight would prompt concern about the leader's mental health rather than abject contempt for his soul.

8 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

US peacekeeping role still needed in Asia

The US military presence in East Asia may not be appreciated by China or those Japanese and South Koreans living near American bases, but there can be no dispute that Washington's forces are keeping the peace in the region. Remove them, and the likelihood of rows between mainland China and Taiwan and Japan and South Korea escalating into armed conflict rises considerably.

2 May 2006 - 12:00am

Children abandoned in an alien land

Many Japanese orphaned during the war returned to their homeland only to discover they were not welcome

Japanese war orphan Hachie Sasaki had always dreamed of returning to her homeland.

19 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Troubled neighbourhood

My grandfather had no kind words for the Japanese. The loss of friends and family haunted him for 25 years after World War II, and a similar loss still haunts many people alive today.

3 Sep 2003 - 12:00am


China's crude oil imports soared 138 per cent year on year to 22.22 million tonnes in the first quarter of this year, according to the State Statistical Bureau. Oil products imports in the first three months were 5.95 million tonnes, up 148 per cent from the same period last year.

18 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

School receives hate-faxes

The principal of the Japanese International School in Tai Po told police the school had received six anti-Japanese militarism faxes over the weekend. On August 16 red graffiti denouncing a perceived revival of Japanese militarism was found at the school entrance.

28 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Recovery seen as surplus eases

A leading think-tank has forecast a gradual recovery in grain prices this year as demand picks up and a surplus of most grain types eases.

2 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Militarism corrupting Asian societies

Chinese leaders in Beijing have demanded that the Japanese Government issue an 'apology' for the atrocities inflicted on the Chinese people in World War II.

Although these evils were done more than 50 years ago, the communist leadership wants to extract maximum concessions from the Japanese people, most of whom were not even born then.

14 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Beijing urged to speak out on bridge raid anniversary

On the 61st anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, reparations activist Tong Zeng yesterday said the Government should speak out more strongly against Japanese militarism.

His comments came as a memorial service was held in a museum near the bridge, on the outskirts of Beijing. More than 60 historians and relatives of soldiers attended, Xinhua said.

8 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Producers cut output as oil-price fall bites

The sharp fall in world oil prices this year has driven mainland oil producers into the red.

The Economic Daily reported yesterday that producers had been forced to cut production as stocks piled up, revealing a weakness due to a lack of strategic reserves.

22 May 1998 - 12:00am

Japan's failure

The pilgrimage to the city of Shenyang in northeast Liaoning province by Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto was deliberately heavy with symbolism. The puppet state of Manchukuo which the Japanese Empire set up in the region was the scene of some of the worst atrocities of World War II.

8 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

War anniversary revives old enmity

The historical enmity between Japan and China was revived yesterday as protesters crowded outside the Japanese consulate to mark the 60th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident.

A busy pedestrian footbridge outside the consulate was also used to display pictures of victims of the Nanjing massacre.

8 Jul 1997 - 12:00am