World War II

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...
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...