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Apologizing to the Babies

From the October 1996 Print Edition

Japan has been called “abortion heaven.” The Ministry of Health and Welfare reported 364,350 abortions in 1994, though that figure does not include abortions by the private physicians whose lucrative business has reportedly blocked distribution of the birth control pill. In a 1982 survey . . . . Continue Reading »

The Need for Moral Memory

From the May 1995 Print Edition

The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan By Ian Buruma Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 330 pages, $25 Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare 1932-45 and the American Cover-Up By Sheldon Harris Routledge, 295 Pages, $25 Fifty years have elapsed since the close of the Second World . . . . Continue Reading »

Baptism and Development

From the January 1993 Print Edition

In the north Indian state of Bihar, there are indigenous peoples who never converted to the Hinduism of the Aryan people that conquered and settled India long ago. Some of these tribals, as they are called, exist in another century, perhaps another millennium. In one hamlet, there is a well for . . . . Continue Reading »