World War II

Abe emphasizes commitment to peace at Holocaust museum
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Jan. 19. (Ryota Kyuki)
JERUSALEM--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe underlined his commitment to world peace during a visit to the Holocaust museum here, declaring that such atrocities must never happen...
Emperor Showa went beyond 'simple' reference to war responsibility ...
From left, Emperor Showa, Empress Kojun, U.S. President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford offer greetings from the White House on Oct. 2, 1975. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Foreign Ministry officials wanted only a “simple” reference to Japan’s actions in World War II, but Emperor Hirohito instead expressed “tremendous grief” in his 1975...
Documents detail moves to bolster Emperor Showa's image before...
Emperor Showa and U.S. President Gerald Ford raise a toast during a banquet at the White House on Oct. 2, 1975. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In response to concerns that Emperor Showa's first visit to the United States would trigger protests over his wartime role, Foreign Ministry officials in Tokyo pushed to...
Foreign governments focused on details of Abe's war-anniversary...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to questions from reporters at a news conference on Jan. 5 in Ise, Mie Prefecture. (Minako Yoshimoto)
Foreign governments responded swiftly after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe provided the first clues about the content of his planned statement this year marking the 70th anniversary ...
Critic Kobayashi's pre-war works show pessimism, reluctance to...
Hideo Kobayashi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three obscure pre-World War II writings by Hideo Kobayashi (1902-1983), one of the most influential critics in the post-war era, will be republished in a literary magazine,...
Abe plans U.S. visit, summit with Obama during Golden Week holidays
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explains what his Cabinet plans to do at a news conference held in late December. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama during a visit to the United States over the Golden Week national holidays between late April and...
EDITORIAL: Age of globalism requires new perceptions of history
Akira Iriye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The new year that has just begun marks anniversaries of several important historic events that should inspire us to reflect on the past.
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: ‘Comfort women’ denied...
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Shigetaka Kodama)
Park Yu-ha, a professor at Seoul’s Sejong University, was sued for “defaming” former comfort women when her book, “Comfort women of the empire,” was published in...
To convey horrors of war, museum reproduces stench from Battle of...
The interior of the Imperial Japanese Army's Haebaru underground hospital in Haebaru, Okinawa Prefecture, in June 2014 (Yusuke Fujii)
HAEBARU, Okinawa Prefecture--With the help of survivors and a perfume researcher, a museum here has reproduced the ghastly stench of an underground army hospital used in one of ...
Filmmakers realize Japanese-American monk's dream
A scene from the animated short "Henry's Red Shoes" (Provided by Takayuki Nakamura)
YOKOHAMA--An animated short that echoes the life of a Japanese-American incarcerated in a U.S. internment camp who later became a Zen monk in Japan will start screening here...
'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan over WWII past
In this image released by Universal Pictures, Jack O'Connell portrays Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini in a scene from "Unbroken." (AP Photo)
Angelina Jolie's new movie "Unbroken" has not been released in Japan yet, but it has already struck a nerve in a country still wrestling over its wartime past.
Soviet spy who visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki days after...
Mikhail Ivanov in 2007 (Provided by Aleksei Kirichenko)
MOSCOW--Mikhail Ivanov, a Soviet spy who entered Hiroshima and Nagasaki shortly after the U.S. atomic bombings leveled the cities in August 1945, died recently in Moscow. He...
Tokyo ward to preserve ex-prime minister's home, which hosted...
Tekigaiso as seen on Nov. 25, 1937, the year when Fumimaro Konoe's family acquired it (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The private residence of Fumimaro Konoe (1891-1945), who served as prime minister in the turbulent period prior to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, is expected to become central ...
Myanmar to let Japan search for remains of World War II soldiers
Residents of a village in Chin state, Myanmar, in August 2013 show what are believed to be the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in Operation Imphal during World War II. (Naoyuki Fukuda)
For the first time in more than 30 years, Japan will be allowed to conduct a sweeping search for the remains of Imperial Japanese Army soldiers who died in Myanmar during World ...
Biography passes on messages of Japanese-Canadian teacher killed...
Chiho Aratake, right, donated the biography of Japanese-Canadian teacher Akiko Kurita to Nobeoka Junior High School, along with relatives Kimiko Aratake, center, and Noriyoshi Shiraishi in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture, in October. (Shogo Ohata)
NOBEOKA, Miyazaki Prefecture--Sixty-nine years after she was killed in a bombing raid, the words of wisdom of a Japanese-Canadian teacher are enlightening others again, through ...
COMMENTARY: Asians revisit 'forgotten history' of Japanese-built...
Tourists crowd the River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. (Ryosuke Ono)
KUALA LUMPUR--Beneath the rows and rows of tombstones, regularly spaced on the green lawn of the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery in western Thailand near the border with Myanmar,...
POINT OF VIEW/ Kiichi Fujiwara: Memory of war must be looked at...
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, left, meets with former "comfort women" at a home where those women live together in Seoul in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The recent acknowledgement by The Asahi Shimbun that past testimony presented by Seiji Yoshida was a falsehood has triggered intense debate over "comfort women" during World...
Victory, as airworthy Zero fighter returns home after 70-year...
The Zero fighter owned by Masahide Ishizuka before returning home to Japan. (Provided by Masahide Ishizuka)
A prolonged campaign by a Japanese expatriate to bring one of the few flyable, wartime Zero fighters back to Japan has ended in success. The plane was finally admitted into the ...
99-year-old former U.S. POW returns to Japan for first time since...
Sitting in a wheelchair, Jack Schwartz, a 99-year-old former U.S. prisoner of war, looks at lists of POWs who died during World War II, in the Ryozen-Kannon war memorial in Kyoto on Oct. 18. (Takashi Ishihara)
When Jack Schwartz last set foot in Japan, he was being released at the end of World War II after four long years of captivity.
War-bereaved group demands Yasukuni remove Class-A war criminals
Worshippers offer prayers at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Aug. 15, the anniversary of Japan's 1945 surrender in World War II. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUOKA--For the first time, an association of families of soldiers killed in World War II adopted a resolution demanding Yasukuni Shrine separate the 14 Class-A war criminals...