New Articles at Japan Focus…there’s nothing on Taiwan this week, but there are two interesting articles on WWII in the Pacific, a topic I have an abiding interest in. The article on the USSR butchery of Japanese after WWII is especially interesting, for it brings to light a dark period and little known fact — that WWII did not end when the Japanese surrendered on Aug 15, but continued another three weeks.

Kinue Tokudome, Troubling Legacy: World War II Forced Labor by American POWs of the Japanese (March 9, 2006)

Walter LaFeber, The Flawed Rice Doctrine of ‘Transformational Diplomacy’ and American Global Policy (March 2, 2006)

J. Sean Curtin, Japan’s Imperial Succession Debate and Women’s Rights (March 1, 2006)

David McNeill, Still Angry After All These Years: Imelda Marcos responds to critics of the Marcos dictatorship (February 27, 2006)

Tai Wei Lim, Women with AIDS: Lessons from Indonesia and Singapore (February 26, 2006)

Mark Ealey, An August Storm: the Soviet-Japan Endgame in the Pacific War (February 24, 2006)

Yumi Wijers-Hasegawa, Korean Forced Laborers: Redress movement presses Japanese government (February 23, 2006)