Category Archives: Sino-Japanese relations

Jaws: A note for books editors and reviewers

Broken links at Amazon are damaging my new book’s prospects. [EF note as of 2010: The relevant links were subsequently established but only after the launch period of my new book had passed.] The┬áprescience of my previous book In Praise … Continue reading

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Piranhas in the Amazon system

Authors have always taken on vested interests. Now vested interests have found a new way to strike back. The unsuspecting American public assumes that the rise of online bookstores like Amazon.com has powerfully served the cause of truth.  Not necessarily.

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A quiet anniversary: The Nanking Massacre remembered — and forgotten

All conventional wisdom to the contrary, Japan and China cooperate closely in key policies, most notably trade. In return for economic favors from Tokyo, Beijing has never pursued claims for reparations over Japan’s aggression of the 1930s and early 1940s. … Continue reading

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The untold story of Japan’s war compensation record

Although it is well known that the Japanese media extensively censor themselves, foreign correspondents in Tokyo are often almost as hesitant to tell the whole truth. Here is the full story on one important aspect of Japanese policy that has … Continue reading

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Essay: East Asian Alliance

Superficial and largely theatrical bickering notwithstanding, Tokyo and Beijing are joined in a tacit East Asian alliance. (This article was first published in the London-based magazine Prospect in May 2004.) China is now widely seen as the coming superpower. But … Continue reading

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