May 20, 2015

Japanese WWII weapons makers relate sense of guilt

Yasuma Fujimoto is tortured by what he did in World War II. He helped produce poison gas for the Imperial Japanese Army. “I was a devil in a human mask,” said Fujimoto, 88, who today suffers bronchitis stemming from the days he spent handling ...

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, ...

May 18, 2015

'War orphans' from China to be surveyed this fall

by Tomohiro Osaki

The government will conduct a comprehensive survey this fall on the latest living conditions of war-displaced Japanese orphans repatriated from China and their descendants, with the aim of easing their educational and financial difficulties, a welfare ministry official said Monday. The move will mark ...

Memorial held for reporters killed in Battle of Okinawa

May 17, 2015

Memorial held for reporters killed in Battle of Okinawa

A memorial was held Sunday for 14 reporters killed in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa near the end of World War II. Some 150 people attended the event at a monument honoring journalists who died in the fighting between Japanese and American troops, with ...

May 15, 2015

Russia reportedly planning war victory celebration on disputed isle

Russian victory celebrations to mark the end of World War II will be held in September on the Kuril Islands, including territories subject to the long-standing sovereignty dispute between Japan and Russia, a media report quoting a researcher affiliated with Russia’s Defense Ministry said. ...