Tag - kamikaze



Pictures of pilots who undertook suicide attack missions are among the items kept at the Chiran Peace Museum in Minamikyushu, Kagoshima Prefecture.
JAPAN / History
Aug 15, 2023
Museums struggle to preserve suicide notes of Japanese WWII pilots
Over time, the materials have deteriorated and the color of the ink has changed.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Mar 26, 2023
History of kamikaze attacks not a heroic story, says former schoolteacher
Kenji Yamamoto's book, loosely translated as 'How to Teach Children about Kamikaze Attacks,' draws heavily on testimonies from former suicide pilots who survived.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2022
Kamikaze drones in Ukraine conjure memories of Japan's own bombers
When Japan's military came calling, it was educated and sometimes bookish soldiers who were among those who volunteered for a desperate kamikaze mission.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Dec 4, 2020
He escaped death as a kamikaze pilot. 70 years later, he told his story.
Kazuo Odachi hid his wartime past from almost everyone, but finally published his memoirs, which were recently released in English.
Japan Times
Aug 15, 2020
'Memoirs of a Kamikaze': A teenage World War II pilot’s life in his own words
Kazuo Odachi's memoir about his life as a kamikaze pilot is a poignant reminder of the resilience of humanity in times of adversity.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2019
Japan Times 1944: Kamikaze Attack Corps lives up to its name
Determined to follow in the footsteps of the First Special Kamikaze Attack Corps, the men of the Second Special Kamikaze Attack Corps hopped off from their base at 10 a.m. on Oct. 27 and successfully fulfilled their glorious mission of crash-diving on the enemy task force in Leyte Gulf.
Japan Times
Sep 9, 2017
Abe's extremism undermines Japan's interests
Alas, Japan's extremists have still not given up trying to find honor in the nation's 1945 wartime defeat and and the ideology that led to it.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jul 6, 2017
Belgian-led anti-terror sweep nets arms, five suspects linked to 'Kamikaze' biker group
Belgian prosecutors said on Wednesday four people had been detained after automatic weapons were found in house searches in Brussels as part a counterterrorism investigation overnight.
Nov 13, 2015
Reserve kamikaze pilot remembers war's waste, urges youth to learn its history
Although the death of his comrades meant little to him at the time, a former World War II reserve kamikaze pilot says a remark by a ranking officer after Japan's surrender that the country had fought the war in vain troubled him greatly.
Japan Times
May 3, 2015
Japan-U.S. effort to tell suicide pilots' stories dodges controversy, wins praise
JBC sits down for an interview with Dr. M.G. Sheftall of Shizuoka University about the kamikaze phenomenon and what makes this exhibition unique.
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2015
USS Missouri hosts Kamikaze exhibit to mark 70th anniversary of attack
A kamikaze exhibition opened Saturday aboard the USS Missouri, now a memorial in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, to mark the 70th anniversary of a Japanese pilot's suicide attack on the battleship during World War II.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2015
Two kamikaze pilots, two late reprieves, one pacifist view
Hisashi Tezuka knew his life had been spared when he heard the Emperor's voice crackling through the wireless.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Nov 5, 2014
Philippines man leads lonely quest to honor kamikaze pilots
Seventy years after Japan formed its first kamikaze unit in the Philippines, one local resident remains adamant that the suicide pilots were noble warriors who should be honored in the nation their military occupied.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Aug 14, 2014
Surrender had lasting impact on many Japanese after war's end
Many Japanese people remember Aug. 15 as the day World War II ended. Sixty-nine years ago today, in a speech broadcast on the radio, Emperor Hirohito announced that Japan had notified the Allied powers of its acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration.
Japan Times
Aug 7, 2014
Professor shares memories of kamikaze brother and their mother's devotion
A packed auditorium resonates with the words of a teenage pilot, bidding his family farewell before his death in a suicide mission near the end of World War II.
Japan Times
May 15, 2014
Taiwanese kamikaze looks back
Toward the end of World War II, following a series of military defeats, and faced with a rapidly deteriorating ability to defend the homeland, Japan began launching aerial suicide attacks on Allied forces in the Pacific.
Japan Times
Mar 15, 2014
Historical ifs and weathers or not
To suggest that history is shaped by chance weather events and climatic variation doesn't lend it quite the same gravitas as if it were wrought by great leaders. It certainly isn't as inspirational. But such processes can be just as important — and the weather can sometimes foil even the best-laid...
Feb 15, 2014
Once upon a time, China anointed a 'King of Japan'
In 1401, barely a century after the Mongols' aborted invasions of Japan, and 600-odd years before Japan and China fell out over the Senkaku islets, a Chinese emperor conferred upon a Japanese shogun the title "King of Japan."
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Feb 8, 2014
Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base
As a child growing up in California in the 1980s, I learned my share of Japanese words. Sushi, which my family would get for a treat on birthdays. Mochi (chewy rice cake), ramen and karaoke — all encountered at the Japanese shopping arcade downtown.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Feb 1, 2014
Pursuit of happiness
The merry residents of Japan have long sought to attain the 'pleasantest of all diversions


Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan