Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, has called for a fight against historical revisionism in a rare interview with Japanese media published on Sunday.His comments came after a successful Japanese hotel chain operator triggered an angry backlash from China earlier this year for his book claiming the 1937 Nanjing massacre committed by Japanese troops a “fabrication”. Critics say that revisionists have grown bolder under nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who says Japan must shake off past constraints, including altering its war-renouncing constitution imposed by American occupiers after World War II. Japan Today
Japan’s top envoy to South Korea, who was recalled to Tokyo amid diplomatic friction over a girl statue symbolizing the victims of its wartime sexual slavery, will return to Seoul this week, a foreign ministry official here said Monday. (…)
The two diplomats were called in to their home country on Jan. 9 as Japan strongly protested the installation of the girl statue in Busan. japantimes.
6 januari 2016 japantimes: Japan will temporarily withdraw its ambassador to South Korea