Twelve South Korean “comfort women” are taking their government to court over its agreement with Japan last year intended to end the bitter historical dispute over the women who were forced to serve at Japan’s wartime brothels. The women filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the South Korean government for signing the agreement with Tokyo even […]
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Powerful Typhoon Lionrock lashed the Tohoku region late Tuesday afternoon, forcing transport services and schools to close down and residents to evacuate. The typhoon made landfall at Ofunato on the Sanriku coast of Iwate Prefecture shortly before 6 p.m. Later in the evening it was tracking northwest and was expected to pass through the Tohoku […]
Taro Okamoto’s “Men Aflame” (1955) is a swirling fusion of figuration, surrealism and abstraction. The content addresses the irradiation of Japanese sailors onboard the Dai-go Fukuryu-maru by fallout from American nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll. The painting is part of the 1950s Japanese art movement known as “reportage.” It was serious art — politically engaged, […]