Former airman survived two WWII kamikaze missions

May 19, 2015

Former airman survived two WWII kamikaze missions

Takehiko Ena felt himself go pale when a comrade in a suicide attack unit of the Imperial Japanese Navy suddenly offered him congratulations in the closing months of World War II. The greeting meant that the time had come. By a twist of fate, ...

Taiwanese kamikaze looks back

May 15, 2014

Taiwanese kamikaze looks back

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Toward the end of World War II, following a series of military defeats, and faced with a rapidly deteriorating ability to defend the homeland, Japan began launching aerial suicide attacks on Allied forces in the Pacific. These were called kamikaze attacks, which had a ...

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

Feb 8, 2014

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

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As a child growing up in California in the 1980s, I learned my share of Japanese words. Sushi, which my family would get for a treat on birthdays. Mochi (chewy rice cake), ramen and karaoke — all encountered at the Japanese shopping arcade downtown. ...