Blind man's bluff

A 79-year-old woman triumphs over a revisionist historian's assault.

"We remember the suffering of the individual women who were subjected to sexual violence by the Japanese military, lament the victims of wartime sexual violence throughout the world, pray for a peaceful world without war." These words are inscribed in 12 languages on a cenotaph unveiled on Japan's Okinawa island.

Apology for a rape

The Nanjing Massacre is a sore point in the Sino-Japanese relationship and something has to be done about it soon.

nanjing massacre

A Sino-Japanese time bomb is ticking. If nothing is done to defuse it, it will explode in December 2007, when China commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Rape of Nanjing.

No comfort for the women (Part 1 of 2)

For fifty years, Jan Huff O'Herne clung on to a secret she could not tell her family because she was too ashamed.

Whether it was her birthday or Mother's Day, O’Herne’s two daughters knew never to bring her flowers; they just didn't know why. Then one day in 1992, by the time they were all grown up, they finally uncovered the reason through a 30-page letter from their mother.

No comfort for the women (Part 2 of 2)

For fifty years, Jan Huff O'Herne clung on to a secret she could not tell her family because she was too ashamed

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Because of the trauma her body had gone through, O’Herne suffered four miscarriages and had to have a major operation before she could bring a baby to term.

Brave old world

Robots straight out of Star Wars are helping the elderly in Japan go about their daily activities.

Japan, land of anime, kinky vending machines and intelligent toilets, is using robots to help its elderly. The robots come in all shapes and sizes – humanoid figures, mechanical jackets, furry seals – and do everything from keeping the aged company to helping them harvest radishes. The Great Robot Exhibition held recently in Tokyo drew huge, admiring crowds. Japan is facing what demographers call a "super-aging" population, with a sharply decreasing number of workers to support retirees, and is looking to technology for help.

The humble son-in-law

How a man's "small business" attitude keeps the flag of Suzuki's sprawling empire flying.

On 19 January 2007, Suzuki Motor Corporation was entertaining more than 700 of its sales representatives in a top hotel in Tokyo.

Fickle fortune: Yoshiaki Tsutsumi

Heir to a railway and property fortune, Yoshiaki Tsutsumi's rollercoaster ride has sunk to new lows lately.