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Mariya Sevela gathers oral recollections from the people of Karafuto, a Japanese colony on the island of Sakhalin from 1905 until the arrival of the Soviet army forty years later.

The suffering of prisoners of war at the hands of the Japanese during the Second World War has coloured the British view of the conflict in the Far East. Clare Makepeace highlights a little known aspect of the captives’ story: their quest for compensation.

Volume: 64 Issue: 4 2014

The Japanese ruler was laid to rest on February 24th, 1989.

Volume: 64 Issue: 2 2014

According to western stereotype, the Japanese at the time of the Second World War were passive and obedient automatons. Yet the realities of daily life in imperial Japan were complex and politically charged, argues Christopher Harding.

Volume: 64 Issue: 11 2014

Some commentators predict that the 21st century will be the ‘Asian century’, marking a significant shift in power from West to East. If so, it will not be so different from the global order of the 19th century, says Thomas DuBois.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

The cold but continuing conflict between China and Japan is the subject of sustained attention from scholars, says Jonathan Fenby.

Volume: 63 Issue: 9 2013

Britain’s loss of Singapore in February 1942 was a terrible blow. But Japan failed to make the most of its prize, says Malcolm Murfett.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

Peter Mandler explains how the anthropologist Margaret Mead, author of best-selling studies of ‘primitive’ peoples, became a major influence on US military thinking during the Second World War.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

Roger Hudson expands on an image of Russian ships destroyed by the Japanese at Port Arthur, 1904.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

Japan flexed its muscles and launched a full-scale invasion of China following an incident on July 7th, 1937.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

The historical roots of the dispute between China and Japan over control of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands reveal a great deal about the two countries’ current global standing, says Joyman Lee.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

The American soldiers who fought their way through the islands of the Pacific during the Second World War encountered fierce Japanese resistance but few local people. That all changed with the invasion of the Mariana Islands, says Matthew Hughes.

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010
As springtime arrives in Japan, Matthew Knott looks at the history of the country’s love affair with the cherry blossom.
Volume: 59 Issue: 4 2009

Mark Bryant looks at the cartoons published in imperial Japan during the Second World War.

Volume: 58 Issue: 1 2008

The head of Japan's Second World War government was executed on Dec 23, 1948

Volume: 58 Issue: 12 2008

Ian Bottomley introduces an exhibition which reflects a special moment in Anglo-Japanese relations in the 17th century, echoed today by a unique loan arrangement between the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds and the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, resting place of the first significant Shogun.

Volume: 55 Issue: 6 2005
Rikki Kersten extols the example of an unlikely hero, the historian Ienaga Saburo, who singlehandedly challenged Japan’s official view of responsibility for its behaviour in the Second World War.
Volume: 54 Issue: 3 2004

The Battle of Port Arthur began on February 8th, 1904.

Volume: 54 Issue: 2 2004

The Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Alliance, the first between a European country and an Asiatic power against a Western rival, was signed on January 30th, 1902.

Volume: 52 Issue: 1 2002

Dan van der Vat discusses Jerry Bruckheimer's 2001 film Pearl Harbor and the lessons the US has learned from the attack.

Volume: 51 Issue: 6 2001

The first Christian missionary to the country, Francis Xavier, departed from Japan on November 21st, 1551, having made perhaps some 2,000 converts.

Volume: 51 Issue: 11 2001

Charles Maechling argues that the Japanese attack, which took place on December 7th 1941, was partly a response to the country's limited energy resources.

Volume: 50 Issue: 12 2000

Paul Doolan describes the unique 400-year-long trading, intellectual and artistic contacts between the Dutch and the Japanese.

Volume: 50 Issue: 4 2000
Gavan McCormack analyses the attempts by the Japanese nation to deal with its uncomfortable past.
Volume: 48 Issue: 5 1998

Mariya Sevela gathers oral recollections from the people of Karafuto, a Japanese colony on the island of Sakhalin from 1905 until the arrival of the Soviet army forty years later.

Volume: 48 Issue: 1 1998

Ronan Thomas takes a look at the cultures of Korea after becoming independent from Japan in 1945.

Volume: 47 Issue: 1 1997

Alonzo Hamby considers Harry Truman's First World War experiences and explores the dilemmas that influenced his decision to drom atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Volume: 45 Issue: 8 1995

What was it like to be a 'boiled octopus' in the silk mills of Japan before the First World War? Janet Hunter looks at the life and conditions of the women who bore the brunt of Japan's rapid industrialisation.

Volume: 43 Issue: 5 1993

From isolation to Great Power status - Richard Perren explains how a mania for Westernisation primed the pump of Japan's transformation at the turn of the century.

Volume: 42 Issue: 6 1992

Irrational chauvinists or fearful protectionists? Gordon Daniels looks at the new research and arguments reshaping our view of Japan's rulers before and after Pearl Harbour.

Volume: 40 Issue: 1 1990

Gordon Daniels on the sustained bombardement of the Japanese mainland, prior to the use of the Atomic bombs.

Volume: 32 Issue: 1 1982

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