The haiden (hall of worship) at Yasukuni Shrine, Chiyoda, Tokyo. Credit: Lemon Loco Gifts
Global Affairs

Forgive, not forget: the way ahead for Japan’s remilitarisation

Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, technically does not have a standing military. Japan’s Constitution (which came into effect after its defeat in 1945) bound its people to ‘forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.’ No land, sea, or air Read More…

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Boyhood before ‘Boyhood’: Silence, simplicity and Yasijuro Ozu’s ‘I Was Born, But…’

I have reached new levels of pretension. I am now writing on a black and white silent Japanese film from 1932. I’m literally the fucking worst. But also, I’m the absolute best. Have you seen I Was Born, But…? Didn’t think so, philistine.  Translating myself, I am now writing on a genuinely wonderful film. The Read More…