In WWII, many Korean girls and women were forced into prostitution as "comfort women" for the Japanese army. The issue continues to hamper relations between South Korea and Japan. Will they finally receive the apology and compensation they demand?
Japan's premier, Shinzo Abe, has sent a ritual offering to a controversial Tokyo shrine for war dead. Such gestures are a source of tension in the region, where the site is seen as a symbol of Japan's wartime aggression.
Campaigning for Japan's snap election has officially begun, with PM Shinzo Abe defending against an new upstart party. Topics like reviving the economy and North Korea are set to dominate the October 22 vote.
Parliament is to be dissolved on Thursday for the poll, expected to be held in October. Abe is to be challenged by a new party headed by Tokyo's governor Yuriko Koike.
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, recently said the key to India becoming a permanent member of the UNSC is "not to touch the veto." But why would New Delhi and other aspirants accept such a position?
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