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Dr. David McNeill is teaches at Sophia and Tokyo universities and writes regularly for a number of newspapers, including the London Independent and the Irish Times. He is a coordinator of Japan Focus (http://japanfocus.org)
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Look Back in Anger: Filming the Nanjing Massacre
Commemorating the 70th anniversary, many new films have been released
1
The powerful Documentary film "Nanking" will make extremely uncomfortable viewing for deniers: it is constructed entirel... >>more
2007.12.10
Struggle for the Japanese Soul
Sankei Newspaper and the Japan Institute of International Affairs controversy
2
The immediate issue in the JIIA case is the question of whether an organ affiliated with, and funded in large part by, M... >>more
2006.09.15
Japan to Clash With 'Culinary Imperialists'
Many are bewildered by what they consider Western sentimentality, and hypocrisy, about whale meat
3
@PODCAST@Although scrapping the moratorium requires a 75 percent majority, control of the commission will be a huge prop... >>more
2006.05.15
Take Them, They're Yours
Dokdo/Takeshima is more about political opportunism than real estate
4
@PODCAST@It seems to me that, politics aside, the conditions for real friendship between South Korea and Japan are good.... >>more
2006.05.05
Japanese Seek Transplants in China
Lax regulations, high number of executions make organs available for desperate buyers
5
Hokamura is one of hundreds of well-off Japanese and other nationals who have made the trip to China for kidney, liver, ... >>more
2006.03.22
The Man Who Came In From the Cold
David McNeill talks with Charles Jenkins, who spent 40 years in North Korea
6
"My life is not worth five cents, I know that. I don't think they have the nerve to come and get me but they could assa... >>more
2006.03.17
Japan's Antiwar Element as 'Enemy of the State'
Japanese democracy took a large step backwards with the arrest of 3 men for posting antiwar fliers
7
When Obora and his colleagues went to the Tachikawa SDF housing complex hoping their fliers would be noticed among the p... >>more
2006.03.07
Imelda: Still Angry After All These Years
Former Philippine first lady denies claims of kleptocracy
8
"We found ourselves in Hawaii, penniless, homeless and nameless," she says, slapping the table for emphasis. U.S. Custom... >>more
2006.02.28
Rapping the World to Rights
Hip hop fever gripping Japanese youth
9
The mix of dance beats, rapping, and attitude has slowly seeped into Japanese culture and recently won the ultimate badg... >>more
2006.02.27
'Flags of Our Fathers' a Tale of Iwo Jima
Hollywood superstar Clint Eastwood wants to tell both sides of one WW2's most infamous battles
10
"He told me he didn't want to make a movie simply about war, but about families and the human heart," says Yoshitaka Shi... >>more
2006.02.23
Dignity Guides the Geisha Walk of Life
A small number of Japanese women still chose to be the 'purveyors of dreams'
11
Wrapped in lustrous patterned kimono, black eyes framed in chalk-white faces under gaudy ornamental wigs, the two older ... >>more
2006.01.17
Does Japan Need Its Imperial Family?
[Analysis] Such a question is unthinkable to those whose views of the emperor verge on the mystical
12
How much do the imperials cost? What benefits do they bring Japan? What percentage of the population supports them? The... >>more
2005.12.19
Vietcong Doctor's Diary of War, Sacrifice
35 years on, a former U.S. soldier returns a poignant record he recovered from a young physician
13
The daughter of a prosperous family of doctors, Dang volunteered for duty in a military hospital in the killing fields o... >>more
2005.10.10
Building Bridges Over Hate
Takashi Nagase helped torture British POWs in WWII. He has tried to make amends ever since
14
By the time what became known as "Death Railway" was completed, the line was lined with thousands of flimsy wooden cross... >>more
2005.09.22
The Empire Strikes Back
What lies behind the over-the-top interventions against antiwar activists by Japanese police?
15
The Yasukuni arrests follow the successful prosecution of Kinoshita Masaki last year after he sprayed a public toilet wa... >>more
2005.09.08
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