National | 60 YEARS Aug 14, 2005

War's end brought cash to Hokkaido

by Mayumi Negishi

When the 77th Division of the 9th Army Corps landed in Hakodate, Hokkaido, on Oct. 4, 1945, it began a low-key U.S. presence in Japan's northernmost prefecture which continues to this day. Some 20,700 U.S. troops were stationed in Hokkaido in 1945. The main reason ...

Islanders bemoan 60-year wait to return

National | 60 YEARS Aug 14, 2005

Islanders bemoan 60-year wait to return

by Kanako Takahara

FUKUI -- Shohei Yamamoto may not be a professional storyteller. But the 77-year-old's experiences on Etorofu Island after Japan's surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, seem to have made an impression on an audience unaware of his hardships. Yamamoto was in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, just before Japan surrendered. ...

Carmakers owe success to warplanes

National | 60 YEARS Aug 13, 2005

Carmakers owe success to warplanes

by Taiga Uranaka

The Japanese automobile industry has become a symbol of the nation's stellar postwar growth, but few may be aware that its rise owes much to the engineers who helped develop military aircraft during the war. Suddenly unemployed upon Japan's August 1945 surrender and subsequent demilitarization ...

National | 60 YEARS Aug 3, 2005

Youth here yet to pick up the peace torch

by Tetsushi Kajimoto

Their appearances belied the seriousness of their gathering on a hot Friday night last month in Tokyo. The seven urban-casual-hip young men and women met at a community center near JR Iidabashi Station not to talk fashion or mull entertainment options, but instead were strategizing ...