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Japanese War Dead Shrine in Taichung

My friend Jim over at Sponge Bear went up to Taoyuan the other day and stopped by the very well-preserved Shinto shrine there. The shrine was preserved only because the local government lacked the funds to remake it as a Confucian temple. Interest in these Japanese-period buildings has blossomed since the 1980s, as Taiwanese have [...]

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Asia’s Glass Houses

Asia observer Phil Deans, formerly of SOAS at London University, discusses Asia’s glass houses in Newsweek. For those us who have noticed the irony of the CCP or the KMT complaining about Japanese murders, the article’s theme will be a familiar one:
These attempts, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s prevarications on the comfort-women question, have understandably [...]

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Does the US own Taiwan?

“Sovereign,” like “love,” means anything you want it to mean; it’s a word in the dictionary between “sober” and “sozzled.” - Robert A. Heinlein
Who owns Taiwan? China certainly wants to annex Taiwan, but has no legal title to it. For most of us Taiwan belongs to the 23 million people who live on [...]

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