It looks as if an old issue between Japan and South Korea is finally going to be resolved: At a rare summit in Seoul, Japan agreed to accelerate talks on women abused in Japanese military brothels during World War II.
The move comes after North Korea recently tested missiles over the pacifist country. The new missiles will be capable of reaching North Korea.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has agreed that the date of Emperor Akihito's planned abdication will be in April 2019. It will be the first by a Japanese monarch in about two centuries.
Beijing is marking 80 years since the Nanjing massacre by Japanese troops. Current regional rivalries and internal politics play a role in how the conflict is commemorated.
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.
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