Category: Japan

C. Douglas Lummis: ‘We Won’t Quit Until We Stop It’

Despite the pandemic, US-backed ravaging of Okinawa continues. So does the people’s direct action

Kathy Kelly: Reversal

Today, the seventy-fifth anniversary of the atomic attack on Hiroshima, should be a day for quiet introspection

Paul Ham: Did the Atomic Bomb End the Pacific War?

The use of the atomic weapon must be seen as a continuation and a start: the nuclear continuation of the conventional terror bombing of Japanese civilians, and the start of a new “cold war.”

John Pilger: Another Hiroshima is coming — unless we stop it now

Modern China’s epic achievements, its defeat of mass poverty, and the pride and contentment of its people (measured forensically by American pollsters such as Pew) are willfully unknown or misunderstood in the West. This alone is a commentary on the lamentable state of Western journalism and the abandonment of honest reporting

Vijay Prashad: There Must Be Bones Under the Paved Street

Withdrawal from the INF treaty is only one sign of danger. Another is that the various nuclear powers – led by the United States – have once more placed their nuclear weapons at the heart of their military strategy

Annina Claesson: Japan’s protestors puncture the Western myth of political consensus

Activism is alive and well in Japan, despite a media narrative of a depoliticised society

Joseph Essertier: “Henoko, the Latest Sacrifice Zone of the US-Japan Military Alliance”

For the last for 20 years the Uchinā people have successfully held their ground against Tokyo’s efforts to construct a base there

Michael H. Fox: Plea Bargains and Wrongful Convictions

A Lesson from Japan

Jon Mitchell: Shaping Okinawan public opinion on the U.S. military presence

In 2012, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Open Source Center published a manual for U.S. officials advising them on how to shape Okinawan public opinion about the large U.S. military presence on their island. Categorized For Official Use Only, the 60-page CIA report is titled A Master Narratives Approach to Understanding Base Politics in Okinawa. It Read more…

Ryan Gallagher: The Untold Story of Japan’s Secret Spy Agency

This story is the product of a two-year collaboration between U.S. news website The Intercept and the Japanese broadcaster NHK. The project began in mid-2016, and was initially focused on investigating three U.S. military bases in Misawa, Okinawa, and Yokota. In April 2017, we revealed that the bases were an integral part of the global Read more…

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