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WWII 70TH ANNIVERSARY

COMMENTARY / COUNTERPOINT
Jan 9, 2016
'Comfort women' problem requires a grand gesture
Due to his unassailable nationalist credentials, Prime Minister Abe is uniquely positioned to make a powerfully symbolic gesture of contrition.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Nov 18, 2015
Retracing forced laborers' journey, Koreans finally bring their loved ones home from Hokkaido
A decade-long effort by civic groups in Japan and South Korea culminates in a 3,500-km journey to bring back the remains of wartime forced laborers.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Nov 18, 2015
On their return to Japan, former U.S. POWs recount struggles to forgive and forget
At this year's talk at Temple University Japan by former U.S. POWs, much of the discussion among the nine visitors was of forgiveness.
JAPAN
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
JAPAN / History
Nov 9, 2015
Korean woman, 96, realizes childhood dream and finally goes to school
Pak Sang Im, 96, a Korean resident of Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, is going to school, realizing a childhood dream.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Nov 4, 2015
Korean woman recalls WWII poverty, discrimination in Kobe
Food shortages, fears of air raids and discrimination were part of daily life for a Korean woman and her family in Kobe during World War II.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Oct 30, 2015
WWII soldier brought back bone of comrade to atone for his own survival
At the end of World II, Tsukasa Shimojo, a 93-year-old former soldier of the Imperial Japanese Army who fought in the Philippines, brought back a piece of bone from a fallen comrade to atone for the guilt he felt at having survived.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 27, 2015
Ex-librarians collect Tokyo air raid maps in effort to promote peace
Former librarian Gen Yamazaki fixes his eyes on a map he found in the stack room at the National Diet Library in Tokyo in 1981.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 20, 2015
Empress turns 81, says April Palau trip left 'unforgettable impression'
Empress Michiko, on the occasion of her 81st birthday Tuesday, recalled her April trip to Palau with Emperor Akihito to commemorate those who lost their lives there during World War II, saying it "has left an unforgettable impression on me."
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 15, 2015
The Abe government versus the Emperor on history issues
Shinzo Abe and the Foreign Ministry have been mincing words when it comes to Japan's war responsibility, in stark contrast with Emperor Akihito's forthright statements of remorse and apology.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 14, 2015
Abe plans tribute to postwar Japanese prisoners during Uzbekistan trip
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to honor postwar Japanese prisoners involved in building what is now a reputed theater in Uzbekistan during a visit to the country later this month, diplomatic sources from two nations said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 8, 2015
Ogasawara islander of Western descent says her WWII lasted for decades
For 93-year-old Kyoko Ohira, a resident of Chichijima Island in the Ogasawara chain, World War II did not end in 1945. It ended in 1968, when her ethnic Japanese school friends were at last allowed to return to the remote Pacific island.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 30, 2015
Survivors' memoirs gain new significance 70 years after atomic bombings
Michiko Hattori, 86, calls herself an "obscure" atomic bomb survivor with no special writing skills. But the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan this year unexpectedly brought her a chance to publish her life story afresh.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 23, 2015
Japanese-Americans recall how war tested loyalties, spurred identity crisis
During an annual pilgrimage in late April to the site of a former internment camp, U.S.-born children of Japanese immigrants to the U.S. recounted divisions among Japanese-Americans during and after World War II.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 14, 2015
South Korea learns to wield middle-power diplomacy
Park Geun-hye attending the World War II anniversary parade in Beijing is the most visible image yet of an emerging China-South Korea alliance.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 9, 2015
Beijing's display of insecurity
With its huge military parade to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II, Beijing unwittingly displayed palpable insecurities about itself and its place in the world.
EDITORIALS
Sep 4, 2015
Time to heal rifts with Beijing, Seoul
As the events marking the end of World War II draw to a close, the Abe administration should turn its attention to improving ties with South Korea and China.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 4, 2015
Japan regrets absence of reference to reconciliation in Xi speech
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has described as "extremely regrettable" Chinese President Xi Jinping's failure to refer to reconciliation with Japan during a speech on the sidelines of a military parade in Beijing on Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 4, 2015
Chinese skip military parade, head to Japan
China staged a massive military parade Thursday celebrating with fanfare the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II, but not all Chinese were glued to the spectacle: Many had fled, for Japan.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 3, 2015
China criticizes Abe's view of war history at massive military parade, vows to cut troop numbers
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday implicitly scolded Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's view of Japan's wartime history at a reception in Beijing following a massive military parade commemorating the end of World War II.

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