History is Being Rewritten in East Asia

December 23, 2015

China, South Korea and Japan need to be more honest about their own history if they want peace and stability. The Nanjing Massacre. “Comfort women.” Did the Chinese communist forces beat imperial Japan or the nationalists? And who really owns the islands known in Japan as Senkaku and in...

Trouble at the Pinnacles – Part 2, Japan

April 02, 2013

Japan's policy of harsh words and soft actions increases the risk of conflict over Senkaku Islands In China, the dispute over the Senkaku Islands illustrates the usually opaque dynamics between government and society. Japan's attitude toward the islands, however, remains the preserve of...

Trouble at the Pinnacles – Part 1, China

March 06, 2013

Official belligerence conceals the varied sources of militant Chinese nationalism over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands The Japanese name for the Diaoyu Islands is Senkaku, or "Pinnacled Pavilions," which sounds far more fitting for a sitcom setting than for an international flashpoint. Yet...