World War II

Photo exhibition on ‘comfort women’ from across Asia to open...
A portrait of a former East Timorese comfort woman who allegedly was forced to serve at brothels for the Japanese military for three years from 1942 (Provided by Ahn Se-hong)
A South Korean photographer whose past exhibition was called off amid protests will showcase portraits of wartime “comfort women” from across Asia at a Tokyo gallery from...
EDITORIAL: China must also learn from history as it prepares to...
Chinese female troops practice marching ahead of a Sept. 3 military parade at a camp in Beijing on Aug. 22. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In Japan, Aug. 15 is remembered as the day when the Asia-Pacific war came to an end. Every year, the nation looks back on its wartime past as that day draws near, but this...
Japan's toll of war dead still rising 70 years later
The government gazette, dated July 10 this year, carries a notice from the Sendai Family Court about a petition for a declaration that Shunosuke Ono died around the time of World War II. Part of the photo is deliberately blurred. (Hideshi Nishimoto)
Unlikely as it may sound, Japan's toll of fatalities from World War II is still rising despite the passage of 70 years.
China doesn't let historical accuracy get in the way of good old...
Marshal Chiang Kai-shek, left, head of the Nationalist Republic of China, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, center, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill are shown sitting on the lawn at their North African meeting in Cairo on Dec. 2, 1943. (AP Photo/British Army Office)
BEIJING--The Chinese propaganda machine has long been in overdrive for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, but now it seems to have accelerated into...
Xinhua: U.N. secretary-general defends China parade trip after...
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Aug. 29 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has defended his trip to Beijing next week to watch a military parade marking the...
Tokyo protests after China's state news agency demands emperor...
Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, delivers an address to the memorial ceremony for the war dead at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan hall on Aug. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A demand from China’s state-run news agency that the Japanese emperor apologize for the “war of aggression” has drawn protests from Tokyo.
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Recording disturbing aspects...
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Makiko Ikenaga
The novel “Nobi” (Fires on the Plain), written by Shohei Ooka (1909-1988), based on his own experience as a survivor of the gruesome Battle of Leyte in the Pacific theater...
China overhauls war memorial sites in time for Victory over Japan...
A view from inside the new wing of the Museum of War Crime Evidence by Japanese Army Unit 731 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, that opened Aug. 15 (Takuya Hiraga)
More than 100 facilities in China linked to the nation's struggle during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) are being renovated or expanded in the run-up to the 70th...
Network of Japanese bunkers shows scars of war at remote Chinese...
A network of Japanese bunkers is shown to the media representatives in Tengchong, southern Yunnan province, on Aug. 13. (Mitsusada Enyo)
TENGCHONG, China--An extensive network of tunnels, bunkers and trenches built by the Imperial Japanese Army is still intact at one of the bloodiest battlefields of World War II ...
West and Japan snub China parade, but Putin, N. Korean official...
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korean ruling party official Choe Ryong Hae (Choe's photo was provided by Korea News Service)
BEIJING--Major Western leaders will not attend a military parade in China next week to mark the end of World War II, leaving President Xi Jinping to stand with leaders and...
Backlash in Taiwan over Lee's article on war in Japanese magazine
Lee Teng-hui (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAIPEI--An article in a Japanese magazine by former President Lee Teng-hui is causing outrage in Taiwan's ruling party, which fought against Japan in China and fled to Taiwan...
Abe calls off trip to China to oversee passage of security bills
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an Upper House session Aug. 24 (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ruled out a September trip to China in order to be present as the Diet considers passing controversial security legislation.
Ex-kamikaze pilot trainee’s anti-war message goes viral
Atsuyoshi Kato talks about his experience as a kamikaze pilot trainee at his home in Kyoto. His letter to The Asahi Shimbun has been widely read among young people. (Yoshinori Toyomane)
A letter from a former kamikaze pilot trainee voicing an anti-war message and opposition to the Abe administration’s proposed security legislation has taken the social media...
S. Korean envoy says Abe made effort to reach out in war...
South Korean ambassador to Japan Yoo Heung-soo speaks during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo on Aug. 20. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
South Korea's ambassador to Japan said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at least showed “signs of making an effort” in his recent statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end ...
S. Korean president to attend China's celebrations of victory over ...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye meets her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in November 2014 (Pool)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye will travel to China next month to attend a ceremony marking the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II, her office said...
VOX POPULI: Peace burns bright (and expect sunshine tomorrow)
Wartime power blackouts in Tokyo were lifted on Aug. 20, 1945, three years and eight months after they took effect. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The brightness of a lamp is truly appreciated by anyone who has endured long, dark nights.
INTERVIEW/ Frank Jannuzi: Abe needs actions along with words for a ...
Frank Jannuzi, president and CEO of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
WASHINGTON--A U.S. expert on East Asian affairs said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II met the minimum requirement ...
Anime film starring Yokohama's Hikawa-Maru liner to cast off on...
A poster of the "Hikawa-Maru story" anime film that will set sail on screens in Yokohama on Aug. 22 (Provided by the "Hikawa-Maru story" production committee)
YOKOHAMA--Although permanently berthed as a tourist attraction at Yamashita Park here, the Hikawa-Maru ocean liner is ready to set sail again, this time transporting a message...
War orphan speaks of growing up on the lonely streets amid postwar ...
Seiichiro Yamada, 80, holds a lecture in Yoshida Junior High School in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, in July. (Takashi Kiyokawa)
Even to this day, Seiichiro Yamada, orphaned from wartime air raids and scorned by authorities as nothing more than a "stray dog," cannot eat a tomato.
U.S., Japanese cities mark WWII end with Pearl Harbor ceremony
People bow their heads at Pearl Harbor during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on Aug. 14 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (AP Photo)
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii--U.S. and Japanese cities linked by World War II marked the 70th anniversary of the conflict's end by vowing to remember the past and promote peace.