Aug 13, 2014

Philippine top court ends 'comfort women' group's legal battle

The Philippines’ highest tribunal ended a legal battle by a group of Filipino wartime sex slaves on Tuesday to compel the country’s government to support their demand for an apology and compensation from the Japanese government before international tribunals. Theodore Te, a spokesman for ...

Jul 26, 2014

WWII 'pumpkin bomb' victims remembered in Osaka ceremony

A memorial ceremony was held Saturday in Osaka to honor victims of the “pumpkin bombs” that were dropped on cities in preparation for the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, which hastened the end of World War II. At least 400 people are thought to have ...

Battle of Saipan: beginning of the end

Jul 5, 2014

Battle of Saipan: beginning of the end

by Jeff Kingston

Seventy years ago, the Imperial Japanese Army lost a pivotal battle over the Pacific island of Saipan, a defeat that put Tokyo within range of high-altitude U.S. B-29 bombing raids that could evade Japan's inadequate air defenses.

Jun 18, 2014

Court rules on WWII hardship cash

The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday ruled that a Japanese woman born in China in 1951 was eligible to receive a special pension in Japan, contradicting an earlier government ruling rejecting her bid. The special pension is offered to Japanese people born before 1946 ...

Battle of Saipan remembered in 70th anniversary rites

Jun 15, 2014

Battle of Saipan remembered in 70th anniversary rites

The 70th anniversary of the Battle of Saipan was marked Sunday by a ceremony that drew around 400 participants, including former Japanese and U.S. soldiers. Hitoshi Kikuchi, head of the Consulate General of Japan on Saipan, part of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. ...