National Topics

Apr 24, 2015

Abe not expected to attend May 9 Moscow WWII ceremony

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to decline Russia’s invitation to attend celebrations in Moscow on May 9 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, government sources said Thursday. Due to suspected further Russian involvement in the Ukraine ...

Korean 'war criminal' seeks redress from Japan

Apr 22, 2015

Korean 'war criminal' seeks redress from Japan

by Keisuke Sunami

Seventy years after the end of World War II, a 90-year-old South Korean who was convicted of war crimes continues to seek justice and compensation from the Japanese government. As a young boy, Lee Hak-rae helped with his family’s farming work on the Korean ...

Manchuria academy students still gathering 70 years after WWII end

Apr 22, 2015

Manchuria academy students still gathering 70 years after WWII end

Alumni of Harbin Gakuin, a wartime Japanese training academy for Russian-language specialists in Harbin, part of the former Manchuria, northeastern China, and relatives of deceased former students gathered this month for an annual ceremony in front of a monument in western Tokyo, 70 years ...

Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

Apr 21, 2015

Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

by Eric Talmadge

In Norman Baker’s mind, the Japanese were fanatical, brutal animals with no respect for life. To Yoshiko Shimabukuro, Americans were long-nosed demons who rained hellfire from the skies before raping and pillaging anything with the worse-than-death fate of crossing their path. Both the 18-year-old ...

Apr 17, 2015

Abe to express remorse for WWII at Asia-Africa summit next week

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to express Japan’s “remorse” over World War II in an address at the Asian-African Summit next week in Jakarta, according to government sources. Abe is expected to deliver a “future-oriented” speech and is unlikely to offer an apology over ...