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Nagasaki unveils monument to POWs; Dutch survivor attends

Sep 14, 2015

Nagasaki unveils monument to POWs; Dutch survivor attends

An unveiling was held this weekend for a monument honoring 73 foreign prisoners of war who died at in internment camp in Nagasaki during World War II. The ceremony Sunday was attended by about 110 people, including relatives of victims and officials from foreign ...

Ben Kuroki, Japanese-American WWII bomber crew hero, dead at 98

Sep 7, 2015

Ben Kuroki, Japanese-American WWII bomber crew hero, dead at 98

Ben Kuroki, who overcame the American military’s discriminatory policies to become the only Japanese-American to fly over Japan during World War II, has died. He was 98. Kuroki died last Tuesday at his Camarillo, California, home, where he was under hospice care, his daughter, ...

Historic Japan-Sakhalin seabed cables now damaged, hazards to fishermen

Sep 4, 2015

Historic Japan-Sakhalin seabed cables now damaged, hazards to fishermen

Disused undersea telecommunications cables from before the war are becoming a headache for fishermen in Hokkaido when they inadvertently hook sections lying on the seabed, tearing their nets. Historians nevertheless are pleased to see the artifacts from Japanese prewar history. For Yasushi Shimizu, 42, ...

Hanaoka uprising memorial park opens in Tianjin

Sep 3, 2015

Hanaoka uprising memorial park opens in Tianjin

A park opened in the Chinese city of Tianjin on Tuesday commemorating victims of the Hanaoka Incident — the 1945 killings of Chinese forced laborers in Akita Prefecture who had rioted over abysmal conditions at a mine. Some 200 people, including survivors, relatives of ...

WWII veteran transmitted news of war's end

Sep 2, 2015

WWII veteran transmitted news of war's end

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Stephen Dennis enlisted in the U.S. Navy soon after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Less than a year later, the raw 19-year-old recruit was thrust into fighting off the Solomon Islands and survived one of the fiercest naval battles in the South ...