Men wearing Japanese imperial military uniforms visit the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on August 15 for the 74th anniversary of their nation’s surrender in World War Two. Photo: Reuters

Japanese minister becomes first in two years to visit Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine

  • Cabinet member Seiichi Eto pays his respects to the nation’s war dead at site seen abroad as symbol of Japan’s past militarism
  • The response was swift from neighbouring South Korea, which called on Tokyo to ‘show humble reflection’ on the past
Topic |   Yasukuni Shrine

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Men wearing Japanese imperial military uniforms visit the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on August 15 for the 74th anniversary of their nation’s surrender in World War Two. Photo: Reuters
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Uniqlo in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Photo: Martin Chan

The rise of ‘Shy Japan’ shoppers: how Koreans skirt boycott of firms like Uniqlo and Muji

  • Amid a trade spat between Tokyo and Seoul, a popular boycott of Japanese goods poses a dilemma for fans of brands like Uniqlo and Muji
  • ‘Shy Japan’ shoppers pretend to support the boycott while getting their fix another way – even if it means flying to Tokyo for a T-shirt
Topic |   South Korea

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Uniqlo in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Photo: Martin Chan
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