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MacArthur’s folly

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Exactly 73 years ago today, Dec. 8, Japan’s imperial forces devastated US air bases in the Philippines some nine hours after the treacherous attack on Pearl Harbor. With the destruction of the strategic naval base in Oahu, America totally lost the capability to assist or reinforce its forces in the Pacific.

Posted: December 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Abe’s safe bet

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has thrown out the political playbook. With two years remaining in his term, and with his Liberal Democratic Party enjoying comfortable majorities in the Diet’s upper and lower houses, Abe has called a snap general election for December.

Posted: November 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Watermelons for a Japanese admiral

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Calculators were new when I was in grade school, and these generated debate among math teachers over their use in the classroom.

Posted: November 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Japan of my childhood

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I missed “Undas” again this year. I missed the bonding, the family gossip, and the memories that bring the dead back to life for a day. My nephews and nieces went about the cemetery picking at melted candles to form balls of wax, the old folks sat around a grave to reminisce while balut, butong pakwan, puto and panara were passed around. All this I saw in my head as I completed the Asia Leadership Fellowship Program sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the International House of Japan last Oct. 31. Two months in Tokyo made me remember the Japan of my childhood and two people whose graves I missed visiting this year.

Posted: November 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why Japan Can’t Come to Terms with its Past

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Nearly 70 years after the end of the Second World War, Japan’s behavior in that conflict and the events leading up to it continues to cast its long shadow on its relations with other Asian countries.   The latest return of the region’s poisonous 20th century was occasioned by the recent retraction by a key […]

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

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