World War II

Archaeologists dig up answers in new study on remnants from World...
Researchers study a former base for the Imperial Japanese Navy in Nishiki, Kumamoto Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Maho Chochi says her studies refute the long-held belief that ceramic grenades were produced in limited numbers during World War II for soldiers to kill themselves to avoid the ...
Imperial couple honor dead Japanese soldiers at close of...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko pay their respects at the cenotaph for Japanese soldiers in the Japanese Memorial Garden in Caliraya in the Philippines on Jan. 29. (Pool)
CALIRAYA, Philippines--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid their respects on Jan. 29 to 520,000 Japanese soldiers and civilians who died in the Philippines during World...
Restored Zero flies in skies again over Japan from MSDF air base
A restored Mitsubishi A6M Zero takes off for a test flight from MSDF Kanoya Air Base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Jan. 27. (Pool)
KANOYA, Kagoshima Prefecture--A Mitsubishi A6M Zero World War II airplane made its “homecoming flight” in Japan four decades after it was found in Papua New Guinea, then...
VOX POPULI: Sunsets of life remembered through emperor's visit to...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko gaze at the sun setting over Manila Bay with members of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers in the garden at their hotel on Jan. 26. (Pool)
The beauty of sunsets over Manila Bay is noted in "Kike Wadatsumi no Koe" (Listen to the Voices from the Sea), a collection of impressions penned by Japanese student soldiers...
Jolie movie 'Unbroken' escapes boycott campaign, to open in Japan...
Filmmaker Tatsuya Mori, left, and journalist Akihiro Nonaka, participate in discussions with students of the Nihon University College of Art during a preview of "Unbroken" at the college in Tokyo's Nerima Ward on Jan. 21. (Keiichiro Inoue)
“Unbroken,” the 2014 World War II POW drama directed by Angelina Jolie, has finally broken free of an online campaign to keep it out of Japan and will hit screens across...
Imperial couple in Philippines meet Filipino president, Japanese...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend a welcoming ceremony alongside Filipino President Benigno Aquino III at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on Jan. 27. (Pool)
MANILA--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met Filipino President Benigno Aquino III here on Jan. 27 as part of their first visit to the Philippines since taking the throne to ...
Former ‘comfort women’ reject Japan-S. Korea agreement, seek...
Two South Korean former comfort women, Kang Il-chul, left, and Lee Ok-sun, criticize the Dec. 28 agreement in a news conference in Tokyo on Jan. 26. (Ryuichi Kitano)
Two visiting South Korean former “comfort women” on Jan. 26 denounced the Tokyo-Seoul agreement on resolving the wartime issue and demanded an official apology and legal...
Imperial couple in Philippines to honor war victims
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko prepare to depart for the Philippines from Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Jan. 26 (Sayuri Ide)
Emperor Akihito paid tribute to the huge loss of life in the Philippines during World War II as he and Empress Michiko left on their first visit to the country since taking the ...
Rare wartime magazine critical of military state uncovered
The cover of a recently uncovered issue of the Gekkan Mainichi magazine (Yusuke Takatsu)
While wartime authorities in Japan placed Draconian restrictions on freedom of the press, it was a different story in Beijing, which also was under Tokyo's control.
Senior LDP lawmaker retracts comments that ‘comfort women’...
Yoshitaka Sakurada, a former state minister of education (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Yoshitaka Sakurada, a former state minister of education, retracted his remarks that described wartime “comfort women” as “prostitutes by occupation” after coming under ...
South Korea moving to set up 'comfort women' fund within months
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, wrap up a joint news conference in Seoul on Dec. 28 after they reached an agreement on resolving the comfort women issue. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korea has begun talks on a foundation it plans to set up to provide support to former "comfort women" in line with a landmark agreement with Japan to resolve the...
'Comfort women' apology and compensation demand is imminent, says...
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAIPEI--Taiwan is about to press Tokyo to issue a formal apology and provide compensation to settle the “comfort women” issue, a proposition stricter than an agreement...
Consulate where Sugihara issued 'Visas for Life' falling into ruin
Sugihara House in Kaunas, Lithuania, is in urgent need of repairs. (Takaya Kobayashi)
The Japanese consulate building in Kaunas, Lithuania, where diplomat Chiune Sugihara helped thousands of European Jews escape Nazi persecution, is in dire need of repairs and...
EDITORIAL: A sleepless year with no relief for the soul’s...
Shunsuke Tsurumi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Achomawi tribe of northern California tells a unique myth about how the world was created.
EDITORIAL: 'Comfort women' deal should lead to new era of...
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Park Geun-hye shake hands in Seoul on Dec. 28 after the two countries reached an agreement on resolving the "comfort women" issue. (Pool)
Japan and South Korea on Dec. 28 reached a landmark agreement to settle the long-festering issue of “comfort women.” The agreement, struck at the closing of the year that...
Emperor picks up where father left off in consoling souls of war...
Emperor Akihito, right, and Empress Michiko offer flowers at a monument for the war dead in Peleliu island, Palau, on April 9. (Pool)
Emperor Akihito generated tremendous attention this summer when he expressed "deep remorse over the last war" in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Students' documentary on war: Face past facts, think about future
Four students of J.F. Oberlin University discuss war in Machida, Tokyo, on Nov. 5. The scene was included in their video documentary. (Hiroyuki Takei)
To get young Japanese to think about warfare, four university students interviewed people who actually experienced the horrific consequences of the last war Japan was directly...
Abe sending Kishida to South Korea for talks on 'comfort women'
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, right, and his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, in Tokyo in June (Pool)
On Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s instructions, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit South Korea as early as Dec. 28 to seek a prompt resolution of the wartime...
VOX POPULI: Emperor, empress true champions of pacifism
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko greet well-wishers at the Imperial Palace on Dec. 23, the emperor’s 82nd birthday. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A monument dedicated to civilian sailors who died in World War II stands on Miura Peninsula in Kanagawa Prefecture. During the war, many merchant vessels were commandeered by...
War preoccupies Emperor Akihito's thoughts on 82nd birthday
Emperor Akihito at a news conference at the Imperial Palace on Dec. 18, ahead of his 82nd birthday on Dec. 23 (Pool)
Emperor Akihito devoted about half of a speech to mark his 82nd birthday on Dec. 23 to remembering World War II, which he stressed was "most important for the future of Japan."