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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, an oyster fisherman at Hokkaido’s northern ...

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 ...

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 ...