World War II

EDITORIAL: If it is true to its word, Tokyo must hold constructive ...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is surrounded by reporters after his first meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on April 17. (Shiro Nishihata)
In a long-awaited meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga expressed his determination to oppose the central government’s plan to relocate a U.S....
Celebrities send 'no more Fukushimas' message in book to...
"No Nukes: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima," which will be published by Kodansha Ltd. on April 20 (Hideki Soejima)
A nuclear-free world is the theme of a book that expresses the thoughts of Japanese celebrities and others that will be released to commemorate the 70th anniversaries of the...
Amid wartime hatred, lifelong bond forms between Aichi schoolgirl, ...
Keiko Kano shows the tombstone of Fosco Maraini at Kosaiji temple in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, in December 2014. (Hwang Chul)
TOYOTA, Aichi Prefecture--Keiko Kano’s elementary school teachers had taught her to despise a frightening Italian enemy in her neighborhood, but the girl never saw that side...
VOX POPULI: Guenter Grass an intellectual heavyweight who will not ...
German writer Guenter Grass outside his house in Behlendorf, northern Germany, in September 1999 (AP Photo)
Osamu Ikeuchi, a scholar of German literature, once noted that Guenter Grass looks more like a farmer than a writer. Rugged and bearded, Grass blends perfectly into any...
Wartime training aircraft to be reborn in Tachikawa for original...
Satoru Shinohe is engaged in a project of reproducing the Imperial Japanese Army biplane trainer Tachikawa Ki-9 in his workshop in Ome, western Tokyo, on April 8. (Kenji Tsuji)
A former Imperial Japanese Army biplane trainer, called the “red dragonfly,” could be making a buzz in the skies overhead again, more than 70 years after young pilots...
Surveys: Wide gap between Japan, Germany on ties with neighbors 70 ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Ninety-four percent of Germans feel their country has developed good relations with its neighbors since the carnage of World War II, more than double the rate of 46 percent...
POINT OF VIEW: Despite frustrations, Japan must make effort to end ...
German President Joachim Gauck, right, and his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, attend a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in France in August 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
For 70 years, Japan and Germany have taken different paths in dealing with the negative legacies they shouldered after their defeat in World War II.
Survey: 74% view past apologies to Asian neighbors as 'appropriate'
The Asahi Shimbun
The vast majority of Japanese support past statements by prime ministers of “deep remorse” and “heartfelt apology” over Japan’s wartime actions, an Asahi Shimbun...
No meeting for Korean leaders at Russia's war anniversary event
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye will not attend an event in Moscow to mark the end of World War II in Europe and instead send an envoy, an official said on April 13,...
Never released recordings by wartime singer Rikoran found after 70 ...
Yoshiko Yamaguchi, under the stage name of Rikoran, performs in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, before the outbreak of World War II. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Two recordings by a popular wartime singer that were never released have surfaced more than 70 years after they were made.
Imperial couple return to Japan after pilgrimage to remember war...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bow in the direction of the island of Angaur, seen along the horizon, after offering flowers on April 9 at the West Pacific Ocean Monument to the War Dead on Peleliu, Palau. About 10,000 Japanese and around 1,700 U.S. military personnel were killed in the two-month battle on Peleliu that started in September 1944. The death toll on Angaur was 1,150 Japanese and 260 Americans. (Pool)
A visibly contented Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko concluded a two-day trip on April 9 to remember and pray for the war dead on the distant Pacific island nation of Palau.
Diplomatic Bluebook highlights Japan's international role since...
The Asahi Shimbun
An official policy document issued annually by the Foreign Ministry expresses "deep reflection" over Japan's behavior in World War II while highlighting its international...
Returnees from Palau touched by imperial couple’s visit to 1944...
Shizuo Kudo, a returnee from Palau, shows photos taken on the island, the former mandated territory of Japan, in Zao, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 25. (Norihiko Kuwabara)
ZAO, Miyagi Prefecture--As the imperial couple departs on April 8 on a long journey to the former World War II battleground of Palau to pay their respects to the war dead, an...
Families of crewmen killed in Yamato sinking call for peace on...
Relatives of crewmen who died when the Yamato battleship was sunk in 1945 offer flowers at a memorial on the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the vessel on April 7 in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
KURE, Hiroshima Prefecture--Relatives of crew members who died aboard the battleship Yamato renewed their hopes for peace at a memorial event on April 7 here marking the 70th...
Korean war criminal seeking Japanese redress sues Seoul
Lee Hak-lae during a meeting of the Doshinkai mutual assistance group for Korean war criminals in Tokyo on March 1 (Daisuke Shimizu)
Once sentenced to death for war crimes, a South Korean former prisoner-of-war guard has sued Seoul, demanding that it press Tokyo to pay compensation to Korean war criminals...
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...