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Japan and South Korea agree on new, irrevocable "comfort women" deal

On December 28th, Japan and Korea reached an agreement that should permanently settle the “comfort women” issue, which has plagued relations between the two East Asian countries for decades. The agreement was reached at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul, where Japan's foreign minister,...

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South Korea's consecutive rallies against President Park

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On December 5th, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Seoul calling for President Park Geun-hye's resignation over recent pro-labor laws she has pushed forth, as well as for planning to whitewash history textbooks by publishing government-issued texts. According to the BBC, an...

Bypassed by history: the lucky escape of Taiwan’s temples

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In 1949, Taiwan and mainland China parted ways as the embattled nationalist Kuomintang finally lost out to the forces of the People’s Liberation Army and fled to the island. The Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 70s saw the Red Guard destroy the “Four Olds” (Old Customs, Old Culture, Old...

South Korea's appearance of success

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In recent years, South Korea has become synonymous with K-pop, fashion, TV dramas and aesthetics. From the post-war impoverished country of 1950s, the peninsula's stellar rise in the global economic, technological and educational sectors is unprecedented in history. Such a recovery was not deemed...

Abe Cabinet's controversial bill ends Japan's era of pacifism

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Seventy years have elapsed since the end of World War II. The memorial to commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place only one month ago. During the memorials, a number of the A-bomb survivors reminded Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, of the atrocities that war can bring, and...

Tianjin’s Deadly Blast

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On Wednesday August 12th, 2005, an explosion ripped through the night sky in the Binhai New District of Tianjin, China. Thirty seconds later, another bigger explosion rocked the city. The blast originated in a chemical warehouse owned by Ruihai Logistics—a company that handles the disposal of...

Learning from Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years after

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On August 6th, 1945, the United States dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, on August 9th, a second nuclear bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, in the southern island of Kyūshū. The first, named “Little Boy,” was an uranium type bomb that claimed an...

US envoy to South Korea in stable condition after stabbing

By Daniele Pestilli on March 7, 2015

Tokyo to start offering gay couples "marriage" certificates

By Daniele Pestilli on February 14, 2015