This is the fourth report in a five-part series looking at the impact of World War II still being felt in Japanese society.

The hot political season is back as the nation observes Aug. 15, which is always an emotional date as it marks Japan's surrender in World War II — and this year is the 70th anniversary of that fateful event.

The event is taking place amid a political landscape defined by heated confrontation between pacifist liberals and nationalistic conservatives.