World War II

In message to Israelis, Japanese wartime victims detail horrors of ...
Atsuko Uehara, a victim of the March 10, 1945, U.S. air raid on Tokyo, speaks of her experiences at a gathering in Jerusalem on March 23. (Takashi Watanabe)
JERUSALEM--Japanese survivors of U.S. bombing attacks in World War II urged the people of Israel to understand the tremendous damage inflicted on civilian populations during...
Hundreds of letters from noted Japanese writers to Chinese author...
Zhou Zuoren (Provided by family members)
BEIJING--A cache of letters from noted Japanese writers during the first half of the 20th century have turned up in China.
Pope cites Fukushima nuclear crisis as a modern-day Tower of Babel
Pope Francis talks to reporters on Dec. 1 on a flight after visiting Turkey. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ROME--Pope Francis warned against the dangers of arrogance in comparing the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant crisis to the biblical Tower of Babel, in a talk held with...
Panel on Abe’s war statement bickers over meaning of 'aggression'
Taizo Nishimuro, chairman of an advisory panel on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, right, and the deputy chair, Shinichi Kitaoka, speak to reporters after the panel's meeting on March 13. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A heated debate erupted over the definition of “aggression” at an advisory panel meeting discussing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s planned statement to mark the 70th...
Obama to host Abe to discuss security, trade
U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose after their joint news conference in Tokyo in April 2014. (Pool)
WASHINGTON--U.S. President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House next month for talks expected to focus on their joint response to...
Imperial couple meet veterans ahead of visit to Palau battle site...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko meet Keiji Nagai, second from left, and Kiyokazu Tsuchida, left, veterans who survived the Battle of Peleliu in 1944, at the Imperial Palace on March 22. (Provided by the Imperial Household Agency)
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met with two former Imperial Japanese soldiers on March 22 who survived the Battle of Peleliu ahead of their visit to the Palauan island in...
Indonesian President Widodo seeks greater defense cooperation with ...
Indonesian President Joko Widodo during an interview on March 21 in Bogor, Indonesia (Masanobu Furuya)
BOGOR, Indonesia--Indonesian President Joko Widodo is hoping to strike an agreement for greater defense cooperation with Japan, especially concerning protection of coastal...
U.S. veterans return to Iwojima for 70th anniversary
U.S. veterans pay respect at a monument during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwojima on March 21. (AP Photo)
Dozens of aging U.S. veterans gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwojima on March 21 to mark one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II 70 years ago.
JFK nephew to join Gunma ceremony to unveil cenotaph for U.S....
Chief priest Nobuo Kizaki stands next to a cenotaph dedicated to three U.S. airmen at Seiganji temple in Ora, Gunma Prefecture. (Mayuri Ito)
ORA, Gunma Prefecture--To honor three U.S. airmen who died near here 70 years ago, a nephew of President John F. Kennedy who played a part in identifying them will attend a...
Jolie movie 'Unbroken' struggling to find distributor amid heavy...
A scene from "Unbroken" taken from the film's trailer (Taken from YouTube)
It has been described as an uplifting story about survival and forgiveness. But in Japan, it has been labeled as racist and an insult to the country.
Former Prime Minister Murayama: Japan's past cannot be cut off...
Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama responds to questions from The Asahi Shimbun. (Eiji Hori)
Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said settling the past and earning Asia’s trust were the driving forces behind his 1995 statement that offered “deep remorse” and...
Oita group releases aerial footage of U.S. bombing of shipyard...
The Imperial Japanese Navy’s shipyard and the downtown area of Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, are enveloped by smoke after they came under massive attacks by U.S. bombers on June 22, 1945. (Provided by Toyo no Kuni Usa-shi Juku)
USA, Oita Prefecture--A civic group here has released aerial footage capturing U.S. bombing raids on the Imperial Japanese Navy’s shipyard where the mammoth battleship Yamato ...
China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's relations with Japan face a "test" this year linked to whether Japan can properly atone for its wartime past, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on March 15.
Film explores lives, 2 homelands of Masako Yamamoto, artist...
Masako Yamamoto talks about her memories of her late husband in her home in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward. (Akira Nakano)
The life of Masako Yamamoto has been beset with separation and tragedy, having been deeply impacted by World War II and the Korean War.
Egyptian scholar translates 'Barefoot Gen' into Arabic to return...
Maher Elsherbini, a Cairo University professor, poses with Japanese and Arabic versions of "Barefoot Gen" during a recent interview in Cairo. (Tadao Onaga)
CAIRO--An iconic Japanese manga series that powerfully depicts the horrors of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima through the eyes of a young boy has been published for the...
Merkel says reflecting on past a precondition for reconciliation
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to his office on March 9. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to work closely in dealing with the fast-changing situation in Ukraine.
Gist of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's lecture
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a lecture March 9 in Tokyo in an event co-sponsored by The Asahi Shimbun and the Japanese-German Center Berlin. (Shiro Nishihata)
Visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a lecture on world affairs and ties between Japan and Germany at the Hamarikyu Asahi Hall on March 9. The event was co-sponsored...
Gist of question-and-answer session with German Chancellor Angela...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel responds to a question from the audience after her lecture on March 9 at the Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo. (Tatsuya Shimada)
After her lecture on world affairs and Japan-Germany relations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded to questions from the audience.
Abe among attendees at events marking 70th anniversary of deadly...
Participants pray at a ceremony held at the Tokyo Memorial Hall in Sumida Ward for the victims of the March 10, 1945, firebombing of Tokyo. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Memorial events were held in various locations around Tokyo on March 10 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Great Tokyo Air Raid, which killed more than 100,000 residents in...
Emperor Akihito meets with visiting German chancellor
Emperor Akihito meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 9 at the Imperial Palace. (Pool)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a courtesy call March 9 on Emperor Akihito, during which they talked about topics related to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War...