Sep 18, 2014

North Korea asks Japanese woman if she wants to go home

North Korean authorities have purportedly offered a Japanese national living there a chance to return home. Setsuko Maruyama was among the Japanese citizens left behind on the Korean Peninsula at the end of World War II. She later married and today the 85-year-old lives ...

Wena Poon on life and death in occupied Kyoto

Aug 23, 2014

Wena Poon on life and death in occupied Kyoto

by Suzanne Kamata

As a child living in a tiny apartment in Singapore, Wena Poon listened to radio plays broadcast in a variety of languages and watched TV — everything from Chinese sword-fighting operas to popular American series such as “M*A*S*H.” “There was nowhere to go outside,” ...

Aug 22, 2014

How WWII could have ended

by Gregory Clark

A Soviet attack on Japan proper leading to the destruction of the Emperor system and the establishment of a communist government frightened Japan's militarists even more than the atomic bombings at the end of World War II.