Sannenzaka Correspondence

Editors’ Diary 14/08/2023

Japan is approaching the annual event of August 15, a customary occasion. We Japanese are somewhat peculiar in commemorating our defeat. In Japan, there exists a “peace business,” centered around book publishing, which is detached from actual peace and security concerns. While nobody reflects on today’s tragic armed conflicts, an abnormal fixation on past wartime experiences is evident. On the other hand, interestingly, the term “Liberation Army,” coined by Japanese during wartime and post-wartime to refer to the US military and the allied powers, has been forgotten.

Turning to global newspapers, The Washington Post’s headline highlights the US space and missile forces, The New York Times reports on the disaster in Maui, and The Wall Street Journal notes the significance of Georgia for Trump’s political future. European outlets are mostly in holiday mode, but die Zeit discusses US-China relations and the UK’s diplomatic stance.

Shifting gears completely, I’ve recently discovered that my brother has been deceiving our parents about my enrollment in graduate school.

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