Center a testimony to Japan's war of aggression

Nov 8, 2006

Center a testimony to Japan's war of aggression

A resource center focusing on Japan’s wartime aggression in China and other parts of Asia has opened in Saitama Prefecture, exhibiting documents in which some 300 Japanese veterans confess to atrocities. Most of the confessions, to crimes such as murdering and raping civilians, were ...

Justice eludes hibakusha 61 years on

Aug 15, 2006

Justice eludes hibakusha 61 years on

The nation marked the 61st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki this month, but many survivors are still frustrated by what they see as the government’s lack of measures and understanding of their enduring plight. As if to echo their ...

Support scarce for N. Korean hibakusha

Aug 3, 2006

Support scarce for N. Korean hibakusha

Lee Sil Gun, a 77-year-old Korean living in Hiroshima, has struggled for the past 30 years to help North Korean atomic bomb survivors yet to receive any government support due to the lack of diplomatic ties with Pyongyang. Lee has never given up, even ...

JAL displays messages by 1985 crash victims

Jul 13, 2006

JAL displays messages by 1985 crash victims

Japan Airlines Corp. is displaying messages at its Safety Promotion Center written by passengers and a cabin attendant before they died in the 1985 jumbo jet crash in Gunma Prefecture that claimed 520 lives. The center opened April 24 in a building at Tokyo’s ...

Apr 25, 2006

Chernobyl survivor on musical mission

me.” International reports have shown conflicting views over the effects related to childbirth. A resolution adopted in Kiev in 2003 referred to the risk of offspring with congenital and hereditary diseases among Chernobyl survivors living in contaminated areas, although another report initiated by the ...

Noh actor seeks new audiences for art

Feb 3, 2006

Noh actor seeks new audiences for art

FUNABASHI, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Sakio Hashioka, a 37-year-old noh actor, is working to make the oldest professional theater in existence as popular as rock concerts, using the business sense he acquired when he was a salesman. Though noh was designated a masterpiece of the ...

Pearl Harbor was mistake: attack vet, 89

Dec 6, 2005

Pearl Harbor was mistake: attack vet, 89

To Zenji Abe, 89, a former dive-bomber pilot, Pearl Harbor was a place where he headed to risk his life to defend his country. But more than 60 years later, it has turned into a place where he can nurture ties with American friends ...

Jul 20, 2005

'85 JAL crash still painful for the families

Relatives of the victims of the 1985 Japan Airlines jumbo jet crash have published a collection of essays as part of efforts to keep alive the tragedy — which killed 520 people — ahead of its 20th anniversary on Aug. 12. The collection is ...

Airlines grapple to root out human error

Jul 9, 2005

Airlines grapple to root out human error

The airline industry and the transport ministry are trying to overhaul safety standards following a series of blunders involving commercial aircraft, but finding a quick solution will not be easy. At least 13 of about 20 major problems revealed this year resulted from human ...