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Suicide conscript recalls torture by fellow Japanese

Mar 31, 2015

Suicide conscript recalls torture by fellow Japanese

by Tamaki Tachibana

The Hagi Uragami Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture boasts a magnificent collection of ukiyo-e, Oriental pottery and porcelain works housed in a stylish building designed by well-known architect Kenzo Tange. Its origin, however, has distant echoes of Japan’s brutal wartime history. The museum was founded ...

Japan begins search for remains of WWII soldiers on Palau

Mar 26, 2015

Japan begins search for remains of WWII soldiers on Palau

The central government has started searching for the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in the fighting during World War II on Peleliu Island, Palau, ahead of a planned visit to the West Pacific island by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko next month. Officials ...

Mar 26, 2015

Abe to skip China's war parade: report

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to rebuff a prickly invitation to a Chinese military parade, a report said Wednesday, as the former wartime enemies jockey over the telling of their shared history. Tokyo has not officially replied to Beijing’s comments on the march, ...

Nagasaki A-bomb survivor has pacifist mission

Mar 24, 2015

Nagasaki A-bomb survivor has pacifist mission

by Natsumi Tanaka

Hiroko Tsutsumi remembers being drawn to a photo in a leaflet for a war-related exhibition at a museum she visited last fall. “I wondered if my father looked like this man,” said Tsutsumi, 73, a survivor of the Aug. 9, 1945, atomic bombing of ...