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  • 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 ▸

  • Japanese Article Denying Holocaust Draws Protests from Jewish Groups

    A Holocaust-denial essay in a prominent Japanese magazine has drawn sharp protests from American Jewish groups and the Israeli government. It has also prompted the withdrawal of all advertising from the publication by the Volkswagen company of Germany. The article appeared in the February issue of “Marco Polo” magazine under the headline, “The Greatest Taboo… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Send Aid to Japan; Small Jewish Community in Kobe

    Jewish organizations have rallied to organize relief efforts on behalf of the victims of this week’s devastating earthquake in western Japan. At least 4,000 people were killed and 14,000 injured in the earthquake, which struck the major port city of Kobe early Tuesday morning local time. Kobe, a city of 1.4 million people, is home… More ▸

  • Japanese Paper Apologizes to Jews for Advertising Anti-semitic Books

    A prominent Japanese daily newspaper has formally apologized to Jewish groups for advertising books that claim the world is secretly controlled by Jews. The apology by Yomiuri Shimbun, said to be the world’s largest-circulation newspaper, was issued Tuesday to the American Jewish Committee and Anti- Defamation League in response to protests by these groups and… More ▸

  • Japanese Publisher Recalls New Book Which Extols Hitler’s Election Methods

    In the face of substantial international criticism, a Japanese publisher has recalled a book released last week that extols Adolf Hitler’s political methods. The publisher of the book, “Hitler Election Strategy: A Bible for Certain Victory in Modern Elections,” also said he is retiring. Eiichi Niimura, the publisher, told The New York Times, “I am… More ▸

  • Japan Earning New Image As Aide in Middle East Peace

    Within the Jewish community here, Japan has never been viewed as a positive force in Middle East affairs. But now, especially in the wake of the historic Israeli-Palestinian accord, there is a sense among American Jewish and Israeli officials that Japan is beginning to play a useful role in the region. "There really has been… More ▸

  • Japanese Textbooks to Include Mention of Man Who Saved Jews

    The Japanese Ministry of Education has announced that its high-school textbooks will now include the story of a World War II Japanese diplomat who helped thousands of Jews escape the Nazis. The Education Ministry informed the World Jewish Congress that a standard first-year high-school textbook will devote eight pages to chronicling how Sempo Sugihara, the… More ▸

  • Jewish Group Demands Apology for an Anti-semitic Ad in Japan

    A large advertisement in Tokyo’s leading financial newspaper, claiming that Jewish financiers were plotting to topple the imperial family and dismember Japan, has drawn a demand for “an apology to the Jewish people” by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The headline in the one-third-page ad in the Nihon Keizai (Nikkei) — Japan’s equivalent of the Wall… More ▸