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“Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited the US naval base at Pearl…



“Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, where he offered ‘sincere and everlasting condolences’ to the victims of Japan’s attack on the base 75 years ago. ‘We must never repeat the horrors of war again, this is the solemn vow the people of Japan have taken,’ he said.”

For more, see “Japan PM Shinzo Abe Makes Landmark Visit to Pearl Harbor,” BBC News (27 Dec 2016)

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“Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited the US naval base at Pearl…



“Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, where he offered ‘sincere and everlasting condolences’ to the victims of Japan’s attack on the base 75 years ago. ‘We must never repeat the horrors of war again, this is the solemn vow the people of Japan have taken,’ he said.”

For more, see “Japan PM Shinzo Abe Makes Landmark Visit to Pearl Harbor,” BBC News (27 Dec 2016)

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“During China’s traditional festival for honoring the dead,…



“During China’s traditional festival for honoring the dead, Zheng Zhisheng usually visits a vine-draped cemetery where pillars declare the dead’s eternal loyalty to Mao Zedong. He walks among the mass graves, sharing memories, and sometimes tears, with mourners who greet him as their ‘corpse commander.’ They are veterans of the Cultural Revolution and their kin, who at the Qingming festival each year gather at the graves of family and friends killed in the convulsive movement that Mao unleashed upon China.

Cities and regions became battle zones between rival Red Guards — militant student groups that attacked intellectuals, officials and others — and up to 1.5 million people died nationwide, according to one recent estimate. Yet this cemetery in Chongqing, an industrial city on the Yangtze River, is the only sizable one left solely for those killed then. Mr. Zheng, 73, is one of the aging custodians of their harrowing stories. He buried many of the 400 to 500 bodies here, on the edge of a park in the Shapingba district.”

For more, see Chris Buckley, “Chaos of China’s Cultural Revolution Echoes at a Lonely Cemetery, 50 Years Later,” The New York Times (4 April 2016)

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“When Li Yaqin was 16, she ate what her family could scavenge:…



“When Li Yaqin was 16, she ate what her family could scavenge: dandelion leaves, alfalfa, rice sprouts, corn husks ground and pressed into cakes.As her college-age granddaughter quietly captured her on digital camera, the 73-year-old told of watching her father starve to death.

‘He was sleeping on the bed and couldn’t move because he was too hungry,’ said Li, her jet-black bangs framing an expression taut with lingering despair. ‘He called me to pull him up, but when I tried to pull him up, he just rolled around in bed and couldn’t get up. And then he stopped moving.’

The Chinese government would prefer that such stories be forgotten. Wu Wenguang won’t let that happen.”

For more, see Jonathan Kaiman, “Survivors Tell the Camera the Hidden Tale of China’s Great Famine,” The Los Angeles Times (14 October 2015)

Image: Wu Wenguang

“A Chinese campaign to have documents related to Japan’s use of…



“A Chinese campaign to have documents related to Japan’s use of wartime sex slaves and its bloody invasion of Nanjing recognised by Unesco has sparked a new round of diplomatic tension between Beijing and Tokyo. A Unesco panel in Abu Dhabi will announce on Friday successful nominations for inclusion in the UN body’s Memory of the World programme, amid efforts by Japanese officials to block the bid.”

For more, see Justin McCurry, “Wartime Sex Slaves at the Heart of UN Battle Between Japan and China,” The Guardian (8 Oct 2015)

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