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Healing history’s bitter Japan-Philippines wounds

Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, in Manila.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com MANILA ― No city suffered more in World War II than this sprawling metropolis of more than 10 million people. No enemy was more cruel, more hostile, more destructive than the Japanese after […]

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Iran says $100 billion in frozen assets ‘fully released’

Mohammad Bagher Nobakh.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran says it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of overseas assets that were unfrozen as a result of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Government spokesman […]

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Writer calls for bright light, untainted by politics, on comfort women issue

Park Yu-Ha.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com WASHINGTON ― Park Yu-Ha, under fire in Korea for writing “Comfort Women of the Empire,” offers what she believes may be a way to reach an understanding with Japan on the whole controversy. […]

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Djibouti: Tiny strategic hub plays host to armies from seven nations

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Backgrounder, Geostrategy-Direct.com Djibouti, a former French colony, is a country of searing heat (summer temperatures average over 100 degrees) and little rain (17 days a year on average). The population of the East African state is […]

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Sayonara: Japan’s aging population, low birth rate leaves vacant properties

Japan's population is aging rapidly.

Special to WorldTribune.com A surge in the number of abandoned homes in Japan has been attributed to the country’s aging population and low rate of births. According to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook, Japan’s death rate (the deaths during […]

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‘Comfort woman’ statues serve as permanent reminder of Japan’s past

Facing the Japanese embassyin Seoul, the inscriptionon the statue reads: "This peace monument reflects people's genuine desire to learn from history and remember the past on the occasion of the 1,000th weekly protest against Japan's atrocities by comfort woman forced into sexual slavery."

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com The Koreans are using art to upset the Japanese. That’s in the form of statues of innocent young girls ― reminders of the suffering of Korean and other Asian women in the service […]

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Media freedom on trial in Seoul

Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kato of Sankei Shimbun newspaper upon his return to Tokyo on April 14, after facing charages of defaming the South Korean president. / Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com The zeal with which the Korean government pursued the case of Tatsuya Kato, charged with criminal libel, bears disturbing parallels to the records of other countries that prosecute critics. The charge of libel […]

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‘Ghost ships’ off Japan likely from North Korea

Ghost ship found in Japanese waters.

Special to WorldTribune.com More than a dozen primitive wooden “ghost ships” found drifting in Japanese waters are probably North Korean fishing vessels, officials said. The Japanese coast guard found four badly decomposed bodies on a vessel discovered on Dec. 6. […]

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Koreans are free to vent bottled-up fury on the southern side of the DMZ

Protests by college students against the government are a rite of passage in South Korea, and protests by leftist sympathizers with North Korea are a frequent occurrence in Seoul.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — Freedom will ring on the streets of Seoul Saturday, when demonstrators denounce the government for numerous transgressions beginning with the scheme to impose state-edited, state-published school textbooks in place of those […]

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No, Time magazine, it’s not yet time to forgive as threat of WMD terror looms large

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com This week’s Asia edition of Time magazine features the cover line, “What It Takes to Forgive a Killer.” Thinking the editors had had time to do a cover on the massacres in Paris, […]

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