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. ...

Jun 14, 2014

Rice: 'Get away from us. We are like poison'

by Roger Pulvers

Sachiko the nurse reads the diary of Haruko Harrison’s mother Toshimitsu is back from his second trip to Japan since we emigrated. He sold the last of our family treasures in Japan in order to finance expansion of the farm, which we have been ...

Activists trace fate of Korean wartime laborers

Jun 12, 2014

Activists trace fate of Korean wartime laborers

A group of Osaka-based activists hunting for public records on Koreans who were forced to work in Japan during the war has helped uncover information on missing workers and bring closure to their families in South Korea. The group says its efforts have been ...

Jun 11, 2014

Kennedy to visit Okinawa, mark WWII

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will attend a memorial ceremony in Okinawa Prefecture on June 23 to commemorate the victims of the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday. It will be the second visit to Okinawa by Kennedy, who ...