Japan

  • Japanese Educator Recounts Quest to Unpack Story of ‘hana’s Suitcase’

    Fumiko Ishioka carefully opened a large, cardboard box mailed to her in Tokyo from the Auschwitz museum in Poland. Among the contents were a child’s shoe, a can that once contained Zyklon B poison gas and a worn, brown suitcase with white letters painted on its side that read: “Hanna Brady, born May 16, 1931.”… More ▸

  • Japanese Terrorist Seized in Lebanon

    Lebanese security agents this week detained at least five people suspected of membership in the Japanese Red Army, including one involved in a 1972 attack at Ben-Gurion Airport. Lebanese Foreign Minister Faris Bouez confirmed Tuesday that the five were arrested in raids over the weekend. But he would not comment on the reasons behind the… More ▸

  • Japanese Dance Hora in Kimonos

    Some 1,500 Japanese pilgrims sang and danced their way through Jerusalem’s streets this week as part of their visit to honor commemorations of the capital’s 3,000 year anniversary. Members of the pro-Israel Makuya sect, which was formed in the aftermath of World War II, are Christians who believe in the Hebrew Bible. The pilgrims, some… More ▸

  • Jewish State Welcomes Visit from Japanese Prime Minister

    Japanese Prime Minister Tommichi Murayama visited Israel this week as part of a tour of the Middle East aimed at increasing Tokyo’s role in the regional peace process. Murayama, the first Japanese prime minister to visit the Jewish state, told his Israeli hosts Sunday that his country would open a trade promotion office in Israel…. More ▸

  • Holocaust Education Spreads in Japan with Museum Opening

    Fifty years after atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan is remembering not only Japanese victims of the war, but Jewish victims as well. Two months after the opening of the first Holocaust museum in Japan, an exhibit on Anne Frank will open in Hiroshima next week. Although the Holocaust and the dropping of… More ▸

  • Japanese Terrorist Sect No Stranger to Anti-semitism

    The Japanese terrorist sect Aum Supreme Truth, responsible for the deadly sarin nerve gas attack in a Tokyo subway in March, is also involved in promoting anti-Semitic themes in Japan. An article, titled “A Guide to Fear; The Jewish Aspiration — Total World Conquest,” appeared in one of the sect’s publications in early 1995, according… More ▸

  • Holocaust Seminar in Japan Attempts to Bridge Wide Gap

    Trying to bridge a cultural gap “as wide as the Grand Canyon” between Japanese and Jews, a leading Tokyo publishing house and the Simon Wiesenthal Center recently conducts an unprecedented seminar on the Holocaust. The three-day session in the Japanese capital last week was organized by the respected Bungei Shunju publishers for 120 of its… More ▸

  • Japanese Publisher Pledges Education Drive on Holocaust

    One of Japan’s most influential publishers has pledged to use his chain of magazines to educate his country’s citizens “about the tragic history of injustices and suffering endured by the Jewish people.” The pledge was part of a formal apology by the publisher delivered last week during a mass press conference in Tokyo. In one… More ▸

  • Major Japanese Magazine Shut Down After Printing Holocaust Denial Story

    A major Japanese magazine has been shut down and its editors fired after publishing an article denying that Jews were systematically killed in Auschwitz. The publishers of Marco Polo, a monthly news and commentary magazine with a circulation of about 250,000, terminated the publication within one weeks of receiving a barrage of protests from American… More ▸