World War II

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...
On 70th anniversary of first kamikaze mission, ex-pilot describes...
Keiichi Kuwahara, 88, a former kamikaze pilot, in Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Oct. 9 (Go Katono)
KANOYA, Kagoshima Prefecture--On a sunny day in May 1945, 19-year-old pilot Keiichi Kuwahara took off on a suicide mission to help save his beloved country from defeat.
U.S. Air Force band performs in gratitude for 70 years of honoring ...
A trumpeter with the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia performs in front of a statue for fallen U.S. Air Force members in the Ryujinmura district of Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture, on Oct. 20. (Asami Matsumoto)
TANABE, Wakayama Prefecture--Nearly 70 years after a B-29 bomber crashed here toward the end of World War II, a U.S. Air Force band returned to pay its respects to fallen...
Empress Michiko at 80 looks back on 55 years in the imperial family
Empress Michiko with Emperor Akihito at the reception in the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association held in Tokyo on Oct. 19. (Masaru Komiyaji)
Ahead of her 80th birthday on Oct. 20, Empress Michiko offered a rare glimpse into her thoughts and her 55 years of life in the imperial family, responding to questions from...
EDITORIAL: Foreign Ministry should keep alive spirit of Asian...
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Asian Women’s Fund, set up in the year of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, represented Japan’s national effort to compensate former “comfort women”...
Time running out to find remains of Japanese soldiers from...
Remains dug up by residents of Tui Khiang village from a site said to be the location of Japanese soldiers' graves in Chin State, western Myanmar (Naoyuki Fukuda)
TUI KHIANG, Myanmar--Seventy years have passed since the Battle of Imphal, where 30,000 Imperial Japanese Army soldiers were killed in action. In Chin, a state in western...
Abe aide suggests new paper will nullify Kono statement on...
Lower House member Koichi Hagiuda, who serves as special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visits Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15, 2013, the 68th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A close aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hinted that the government may issue a statement next year that will effectively emasculate a landmark 1993 apology to former "comfort ...
COMMENTARY: Known or unknown, A-bomb remnants key to passing on...
A view from the Kyonomine graveyard in Nagasaki’s Sakamoto district in the direction of ground zero (Shohei Okada)
NAGASAKI--I visited a Christian cemetery on a hill that commands a panoramic view of this city’s Urakami district after I covered the Peace Memorial Ceremony held in the...
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Imagining the unimaginable...
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Makoto Kaku)
At the start of the 2006 film “Flags of Our Fathers,” the voiceover narrator states to the effect that people who really know war do not talk about war.
Imperial couple to visit Palau to honor war dead
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visiting Okinawa Prefecture on June 26 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are set to visit Palau early next year, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, to pay their respects to the 16,000 Japanese...
Emperor Showa annals offer details about wartime struggle
Emperor Showa shortly before his 87th birthday in 1988 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Additional details about Emperor Showa’s early life and struggle during World War II were revealed Sept. 9, but the annals of his life presented no groundbreaking evidence...
In India, a rush to preserve memories of the Battle of Imphal
Yasuhisa Kawamura, right, minister of the Japanese Embassy in India, writes a message in the Imphal War Museum on June 27. Next to him is Angamba Arambam. (Yoshihiro Kando)
IMPHAL, India--Rusting helmets and rifles, water canteens with kanji characters and photos of loved ones: They are among the few relics of the Battle of Imphal, fought here 70...
Citizens bid for wartime Hinomaru flags, soldiers' mementos to...
Rie Ikehara, a resident of Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, is looking for the owner of a "yosegaki Hinomaru" flag that she purchased on an Internet auction site. (Kyosuke Yamamoto)
Browsing an Internet auction site, Rie Ikehara felt chagrined to see a listing for a World War II-era Japanese rising sun flag, apparently given to a soldier prior to shipping...
China's top leaders remember victory over Japan
President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Top leaders have commemorated China's World War II victory over Japan as Beijing ramps up its reminders to the world of Japan's historical aggression as relations...
Emperor Showa’s annals, completed after 24 years, headed for...
Emperor Showa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
After nearly a quarter of a century, the annals of Emperor Showa (1901-1989), which historians hope will fill in missing pieces of his long and eventful reign, have been...
Survivors recount 1944 sinking that claimed Okinawan students
Mitsuko Itokazu in front of photos of students who died aboard the Tsushima Maru at the Tsushima Maru Memorial Museum in Naha (Shoma Fujiwaki)
NAHA--Long after a torpedoed passenger ship sank with 780 Okinawan children aboard 70 years ago, many who survived never spoke about the tragedy.
POINT OF VIEW/ Katsuto Uchihashi: In wartime, the vulnerable...
Katsuto Uchihashi (Photo by Takamitsu Aota)
They don’t know war, and they don’t know the fear of losing their lives, and yet they are intrepid. I am describing the “militarist boys without knowledge of war,” who...
Friendship blue-eyed doll reflects nearly a century of turbulent...
The "Ruth" blue-eyed doll preserved at Kaya Elementary School (Provided by Kayo Egawa)
ITOSHIMA, Fukuoka Prefecture--A citizens group here produced a documentary DVD on one of the few remaining “friendship blue-eyed dolls” sent to schools across Japan by a...
EDITORIAL: Wise decisions needed from Abe and Park to ensure good...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye during the ASEAN summit in Brunei last October (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
On Aug. 15, the anniversary of the end of World War II, prayers were said across Japan for the repose of the souls of the war dead.