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70 Years After V-J Day, Still No Honor for Japanese Empire’s ‘Comfort Women’

The abuse and sacrifice they experienced in World War II goes unheeded, while Western countries institutionalize sexual exploitation of women.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the U.S.

Besides being criminal, the United States’ use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and its poisoning of Vietnam and Okinawa with Agent Orange are a shameful legacy. The denial and cover-up of each of these crimes add U.S. insult to injury.

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North Korea Setting Clocks Back 30 Minutes to Create New Time Zone

In a bizarre move that North Korean state media call a break from “imperialism,” the nation is switching to a new time zone to mark Korea’s liberation from the Japanese at the end of World War II.

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Entering the Nuclear Age, Body by Body

In an excerpt from her new book, “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War,” Susan Southard takes us directly beneath the mushroom cloud over Nagaskai with five teenage survivors, through the very first moments of what has become an unending nuclear age.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE



Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 Years After the Atomic Bombs Were Dropped

While the world has avoided nuclear attacks since those two days in 1945, the potential for nuclear devastation is forever hanging over us.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE



The Man Who Survived Hiroshima: ‘I Had Entered a Living Hell on Earth’

“There were people crying out for help, calling after members of their family,” Sunao Tsuboi said of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which he survived when he was a college student. “I saw a schoolgirl with her eye hanging out of its socket. People looked like ghosts, bleeding and trying to walk before collapsing.”

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From the Truthdig Archives: The Terror America Wrought

This week marks the anniversary of a U.S. attack that deliberately took the lives of thousands of children on their way to school.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE



Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

A team of scientists and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recount, in the new book “Fukushima,” what happens when a catastrophe strikes that no one imagines. Early and often comes the warning: Hubris Ahead.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



Why U.S. Public Higher Education No Longer Actually Exists

Cuts to American education, combined with other factors, have made it no longer accurate to call higher education public; a court has ruled that the data on your cellphone is actually the property of your carrier; meanwhile, Chelsea Manning makes a case for “increasing freedom of information and transparency” in the U.S. These items and more inside.

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE



A Century of Women Working for Peace

One hundred years ago, more than 1,000 women gathered here in The Hague during World War I, demanding peace.

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Just How ‘Socially Advanced’ Is the U.S.? You Might Be Surprised

The Social Progress Index has published the latest global data on quality of life, and America’s “We’re No. 1” crowd isn’t left with much to shout about.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE


Part-Time Workers in Japan Are Living in Internet Cafes

A short film takes us into the lives of former Japanese “salarymen” and others who, because they lost work, have taken refuge in the cramped, bleak cubicles that honeycomb their society’s Internet cafes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE



Japan’s Aversion Toward Sex and Romance Could Be Detrimental to the World

The Japanese “celibacy syndrome” isn’t just a problem that will affect Japan’s economy; new documents reveal that former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted to ban sex toys in her country; meanwhile, the German government’s anger over NSA leaks has been curbed due to fear of Islamic State. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE



Is Universal Health Care Too Radical for Americans?

Although the country’s views have progressed in terms of gay rights and race, universal health care isn’t something Americans can get used to; a company in Japan offers people weddings to themselves; meanwhile, a confession by former officer Darren Wilson’s prosecutor may be cause to reopen the Ferguson case. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 Years Later

“I hate war,” Koji Hosokawa told me as we stood next to the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan.

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How to Forgive Your Torturer

When I read the statistics on Americans and Britons that approve of torture, a scene comes back to me. I remember a man I met 20 years ago, not in my native Latin America or in faraway lands where torture is endemic, but in the extremely English town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



Solar Power for the Global Masses: The Next Revolution

As the price of solar panels drops, they increasingly are being spontaneously bought and installed by villagers throughout the world, who are often ill-served, or not served at all, by the central power grid in their countries.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Obama Right That America’s Future Is in Asia, Not the Middle East?

Barack Obama, brought up in Hawaii and having lived as a child in Indonesia, is the first Pacific president, and his current trip to Asia, beginning in Japan, is meant to underline his policy of “rebalancing” toward Asia.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Foreign Affairs Troubles and a Nevada Rancher

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists” discuss the 700-page economics text about inequality currently leading the best-seller list on Amazon, rising tension in Ukraine, reports of chlorine gas attacks in Syria, the disastrous turn in conservatives’ love affair with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and more.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Arrives in Japan for Tension-Filled Asia Trip

President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday to launch a tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of “rebalancing” U.S. foreign policy toward a dynamic Asia.

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U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan and casualties are still mounting.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE


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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE


Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



Fukushima: Keeping Children Indoors for Three Years Now

Japanese government officials discourage kids from playing outdoors near Fukushima more than a few minutes a day; colleges have trademarked some ridiculous phrases; meanwhile, sleep troubles could have to do with low brain volume. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



Thousands Sue Nuclear Giants Over Japan’s Fukushima Disaster

A class-action lawsuit against nuclear suppliers General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi has ballooned to more than 4,000 claimants who are seeking damages over the Fukushima atomic disaster.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE


Fukushima’s 3rd Anniversary

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Japan Says It Will Not Revise Its Wartime Sex-Slave Apology

Japan has no plan to alter a landmark 1993 apology over wartime sex slavery, the government’s top spokesman said Monday, despite a controversial review of the statement that has sparked a backlash at home and abroad.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



An Interview With Noam Chomsky: Japan, America and the Racism Behind War

A young Noam Chomsky was appalled by the “special” hatred the U.S. reserved for the Japanese during WWII; a reason to appreciate the polar vortex arises; meanwhile, privacy is becoming a luxury that few can afford. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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The USS Reagan Is Fukushima’s Unlucky Dragon

Fifty-seven years before the USS Ronald Reagan was swept with radiation from the Fukushima meltdown, a similar, terrible fate befell the crew of a small Japanese fishing boat called the “Lucky Dragon.”

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE


Watch a Herd of Wild Rabbits Chase a Woman With Treats

Apparently Japan has a place called Rabbit Island, and things like this happen there.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Big Green Energy Is Remaking Africa and Asia

A significant part of the population of Africa and Asia at present has no access to electricity, and in some countries those deprived amount to as much as 80 percent of the population.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE



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The WWII Soldier Who Refused to Believe the War Was Over Dies at 91

One Japanese soldier remained at his post in the Philippines for 29 years in denial that the Second World War had ended. In his country, he is considered a hero.

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 READ MORE



Worse Cyclones Will Hit East Asia

Climate scientists have found indications that Asian tropical cyclones are not only getting stronger but are also likelier to strike east Asia—China, Japan and Korea.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World

“I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world,” wrote the journalist Wilfred Burchett from Hiroshima.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 5: Dismay as Japan Abandons Greenhouse Targets

Japan’s decision to allow its greenhouse gas emissions to rise significantly has dismayed delegates at the U.N. climate talks in Poland.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Tsunami Warning Canceled After Japanese Quake

A small tsunami triggered by the quake measuring 1 foot hit Japan’s eastern coast, but no damage was reported, the BBC said. A tsunami warning issued earlier was lifted.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Japan’s Young People Aren’t Interested in Sex

In a country where the birthrate is dropping at an alarming pace, and adult incontinence garments outsell baby diapers, much of the population under 30 simply can’t be bothered with sex or relationships. In fact, many Japanese haven’t even dated by the time they ring in their third decade.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Abenomics in 14 Words

Abenomics works much like Bernankenomics. In every case, looser monetary policies and tighter fiscal policies have generated more wealth for the 1 percent while working stiffs take it in the stern sheets. It all amounts to the same thing: Ferraris for the rich and bupkis for everyone else.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Fukuppy the Flying Egg Is Fukushima’s Accidental Mascot

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This winged corporate mascot is actually named Fukuppy.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



Studying the Rich’s Pathologies

To gain insight into the workings of American society, it may be productive to focus on the 1 percent’s erratic behavior; Japan’s prime minister has asked for international assistance to deal with the Fukushima leaks; meanwhile, is Speaker John Boehner the Berlusconi of the States? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Fukushima Leaks 4 Tons of Radioactive Water Into Ground—Again

At some point the persistence of leaks at the Fukushima nuclear plant stops being news, and reports that there is not a leak becomes a story. The problem this time: typhoon rains, and chances are good more heavy weather will hit the region before the busy storm season ends.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Fukushima Operator Seeks to Restart Another Nuclear Plant

With financial losses climbing, Fukushima operator Tepco wants to fire up reactors at another site. The question is, how much of an appetite does Japan have for nuclear power as Fukushima continues to leak radioactive water, an environmental catastrophe whose extent is still unknown.

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Typhoon Lands in Japan, Fukushima Remains an Open Wound (Updated)

With Japanese authorities still struggling to contain contamination at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant two-and-a-half years after it melted down, we are reminded by events in the news that the disaster lies in one of the most volatile meteorological and geographical regions in the world.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Five Ways a Wider Syrian War Could Go Nuclear

In the wake of an apparent break in the march to a wider war, the reality of a nuclear dimension in Syria remains largely unspoken.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE


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Fukushima Workers Discover Deadly Spike in Radiation

Radiation at the bottom of a storage tank jumped to a level that can kill a person in four hours. So far, it hasn’t leaked, but Tokyo Electric Power says it doesn’t know how the spike occurred.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE


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