Apr 8, 2015

German official slams Greek demands for WWII reparations as 'stupid'

Germany’s economy minister branded Greece’s demand for €278.7 billion in reparations from World War II as “stupid” on Tuesday, while the German opposition said Berlin should repay a forced loan dating from the Nazi occupation. Greek Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas made the demand ...

Memorial service honors 70th anniversary of Yamato sinking

Apr 7, 2015

Memorial service honors 70th anniversary of Yamato sinking

A memorial service was held Tuesday in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, for about 3,000 crew members who died when the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Yamato was sunk by U.S. forces on April 7, 1945, during World War II. About 300 people, including relatives of the ...

Okinawa: In the crosshairs of war

Apr 4, 2015

Okinawa: In the crosshairs of war

by Stephen Mansfield

“We always seem to be at the tail end of history, dragged along roads already ruined by others.” — “Memoirs of a Declining Ryukyuan Women,” Kushi Fusako On a recent trip to the Pacific island of Guam, I came across a peculiar omission in ...

Island state cleans up for rare Imperial visit

Apr 2, 2015

Island state cleans up for rare Imperial visit

Palau is stepping up preparations for next week’s visit by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, who are coming to mourn those who died on its islands during the war. Authorities of the island nation, with a population of around 20,000, are making sure the ...