Nothing about Taiwan, but for you Japanophiles there are several interesting articles at Japan Focus this week. The article on strategic bombing and kamikazes manages to be both insipid and stupid — obviously it got published because it accorded with the editor’s leftist politics and for no other reason — but the article on nuke plants and quakes is terrifying, since we have the same situation here in Taiwan. Also of interest might be the article on Tojo’s granddaughter, who is carrying water for the Japanese Right. Just substitute “Bush” for “Tojo” and she speaks identically to the US Right. Scary. Is this what I am going to have to listen to for the rest of my life?

Ruediger Frank, International Aid for North Korea: Sustainable Effects or a Waste of Resources? (December 7, 2005) Korean translation available

Jamie Doucette and Owen Miller, From APEC to WTO: trajectories of protest in Korea and East Asia (December 7, 2005)

Miyagi Yasuhiro (Councilor, Nago City, Okinawa), Okinawa - Rising Magma (December 4, 2005)

Matthew Penney, “The Most Crucial Education”: Saotome Katsumoto and Japanese Anti-War Thought (December 3, 2005)

Leon V. Sigal, The Cabal is Alive and Well (November 30, 2005)

Mark Ealey and Yoshimura Akira, One Man’s Justice (November 30, 2005)

Leuren Moret, Japan’s Deadly Game of Nuclear Roulette (November 29, 2005)

Japan’s Kamikaze Pilots and Contemporary Suicide Bombers: War and TerrorBy Yuki TANAKA

Family Ties: The Tojo LegacyBy David McNeill