Japanese War Crimes

Abe training jet photo sparks outrage in South Korean media

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe poses in a T-4 military training plane on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Major South Korean newspapers splashed a photo of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a military trainer jet on their front pages yesterday, saying it was a reminder of Japan's colonial-era atrocities.

Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 2:58am 1 comment

China plans 80 books on Japan war trials

China is compiling a series of 80 books documenting the post-second world war “Tokyo trials” of Japanese war criminals, state media said on Friday, at a time of souring ties between the historical rivals.

26 Oct 2012 - 6:52pm 1 comment

The truth will help heal

The Diaoyu Islands dispute is a reminder that Sino-Japanese relations have long been strained. My grandparents, though they were very young at the time, always talk about how the Japanese treated the Chinese during the second world war.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness Director: David Lean Year of original release: 1957

11 May 2011 - 12:00am


Don't use history to read Japan's tragedy

Although the Japan earthquake and tsunami destroyed many people's homes and families, the Japanese stayed calm in the midst of this nightmare and did not panic. Instead, they helped others who were in need of food and shelter.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

In uncertain times, a mission to rewrite Japanese war history

China triggered the Sino-Japanese war in August 1937, there was no massacre of civilians in Nanjing four months later, the United States provoked Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 and 'comfort women' were not coerced across Asia and the Pacific to serve as prostitutes for Japan's soldiers.

25 May 2010 - 12:00am


Tsao's comments hurt Filipinos

I completely disagree with the views of columnist Chip Tsao who wrote an article that angered Hong Kong's Filipino community.

As a Chinese, his comments made me feel ashamed and disappointed. His views deeply hurt the Filipinos who took to the streets demanding an unconditional apology from the writer.

7 May 2009 - 12:00am

Despite the 'ice-breaking' trips, distrust of Japan still runs deep

Historical issues are time bombs ticking in bilateral ties between China and Japan - no matter how close economic relations become, relations will not be truly cordial until these issues are resolved, Chinese war-history activists say.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Old sorrows, new perspective in Nanjing

Memorial ceremony low-key, but some cannot forgive on 70th anniversary of atrocity

China yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre with a ceremony laden with symbolism and a pointed reminder to Japan about the impact wartime history still has on bilateral relations.

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Reopening of memorial at centre of massacre anniversary

The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall will reopen next Thursday after an 18-month upgrade to add new wings to mark the 70th anniversary of the Rape of Nanking.

A museum staff member confirmed yesterday that the opening of the extensions would be a key part of the centre's commemorative activities.

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Sold down the river

'What a load of s***e, eh?' says Dick Lee in a thick cockney accent. The octogenarian war veteran is building up a head of steam about the seven-Oscar-winning movie The Bridge on the River Kwai. It is 50 years since it was shown to worldwide acclaim but he is not alone among ex-prisoners of war who still express disenchantment.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Feisty Tojo granddaughter vows to rewrite history

Her homeland has lost its soul, its spirit and its pride, Yuko Tojo believes. And the only way for modern-day Japan to recover those assets is for the country to stop apologising for historical events that never happened.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Give and take urged on history

Mainlanders should be prepared to agree to disagree over sensitive historical issues with Japan so that the two countries can move forward with their bilateral relationship, according to the Chinese head of a Sino-Japanese joint history project.

3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

The long march

The gentle thwack of croquet mallets. The ruffle of white canvas umbrellas as frangipani-scented breezes from the Sulu Sea soften the tropical night. Waitresses in black-and-white pinafores ferrying pots of tea. Behind us, is the somnolent stateliness of Agnes Keith's house, where the many-chinned, bounteously bosomed socialite author of Land Below the Wind held sway.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Historians need to focus on reconciliation

History is at the heart of the tense relations between China and Japan so it is good to see the two countries embarking on a joint study of what happened. No one should be too optimistic, however, that the talks will be able to bridge deep-seated differences when they end in 2008.

27 Dec 2006 - 12:00am