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Nagasaki survivor, 80, tells stories of war for fallen

Aug 26, 2015

Nagasaki survivor, 80, tells stories of war for fallen

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Sakue Shimohira, an 80-year-old atomic bomb survivor in Nagasaki, is determined to continue serving as a storyteller for the sake of people who died without speaking of their agony. Shimohira was born in the northeast China region of Manchuria. Her father, an employee of ...

Surviving the postwar Soviet detention camps

Aug 22, 2015

Surviving the postwar Soviet detention camps

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Japan’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, marked the end of the most devastating global conflict in history. While millions around Asia put down their weapons, Emperor Hirohito’s broadcast on the radio failed to end the hostilities for some 600,000 Japanese military personnel and civilians ...

Aug 21, 2015

Sailor's war flag finds its way back to Maizuru

A Rising Sun flag believed to have been given to a member of the Imperial Japanese military as a good-luck gift during World War II has been brought back to Japan by a Frenchman in search of the original owner’s family. The flag, apparently ...

Yamato survivor, 87, recalls doomed mission

Aug 20, 2015

Yamato survivor, 87, recalls doomed mission

Yasuo Yasugi was a 17-year-old seaman aboard the Imperial Japanese Navy’s proud battleship Yamato when it was sunk off Kagoshima Prefecture on April 7, 1945. When Yasugi was ordered in January of that year to board the battleship, a mission that he had longed ...