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 ...

Prince Akishino's family attends Battle of Okinawa event

Aug 17, 2015

Prince Akishino's family attends Battle of Okinawa event

Prince Akishino, the younger son of Emperor Akihito, attended a gathering with his family in Tokyo on Monday to commemorate the Battle of Okinawa 70 years ago and mourn its victims. His wife, Princess Kiko, and two of their children, Princess Kako and Prince ...

Okinawa bears war scars 70 years on

Jul 15, 2015

Okinawa bears war scars 70 years on

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Toshie Asato still regrets that she could not save the life of her 9-month-old baby in the closing days of World War II 70 years ago. The 94-year-old Okinawan left her home in the village of Kitanakagusuku in the central part of Okinawa island ...

WWII saw band of brothers fighting on opposing sides

Jun 23, 2015

WWII saw band of brothers fighting on opposing sides

Seventy years ago, during the Battle of Okinawa, two brothers of Japanese descent ended up fighting on opposing sides — the elder as a soldier in the U.S. Army and the younger as a member of Japan’s student corps. Shinei Gima, 90, who now ...