World War II

Forgiving but not forgetting: 70 years later, survivors want...
In this Feb. 3, 2015 photo, a visitor looks at photos at a commemorative event for the 70th year of the Battle for Manila at the Ayala Museum in suburban Makati, south of Manila. (AP Photo)
MANILA--Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation ...
70 years on, Tokyo events to recall horrors of 1945 air raid
Maps, photographs and paintings are featured in a special exhibition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Great Tokyo Air Raid at Sumida Ward's local history museum. (Jun Sato)
A range of events is planned in the nation's capital to pay tribute to the 100,000 residents who perished in the Great Tokyo Air Raid on March 10, 1945.
EDITORIAL: Abe's war statement should reflect Japan's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the first meeting on Feb. 25 of the advisory council of experts on his planned statement to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II (The Asahi Shimbun)
An advisory council of experts on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s planned statement to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II held its first meeting on Feb....
Palau to help with recovery of remains of Japanese soldiers
Peleliu State Governor Temmy Shmull talks about the recovery of wartime remains of Japanese soldiers in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Koror, Palau, on Feb. 18. (Ayako Nakada)
KOROR, Palau--The governor of Palau’s Peleliu State pledged to cooperate in efforts to recover the remains of wartime Japanese soldiers ahead of a visit in April by Emperor...
Kyoto craftsman deploys hard-glass pens in campaign for peace
Seifu Kan holds a glass pen he made in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto. (Hiromi Kitagaki)
KYOTO--A 94-year-old resident here whose hand was injured in a U.S. wartime air raid has sent his hand-made “glass peace pens” to the three recipients of the 2014 Nobel...
Abe confidants among the 16 tabbed for 'balanced' panel on war...
The Asahi Shimbun
A wide-ranging mix of experts, from those close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to media representatives, will constitute a 16-member advisory panel on the Japanese leader's...
Obama names wartime internment camp for Japanese-Americans a...
U.S. President Barack Obama announces the designation of the Honouliuli internment camp in Hawaii as a national monument on Feb. 19. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--U.S. President Barack Obama on Feb. 19 designated a wartime internment camp in Hawaii that held hundreds of Japanese-American civilians as a national monument.
Hibakusha hope ‘atomic bomb classrooms,' whether good or evil,...
Shiroyama Elementary School after the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki in August 1945 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAGASAKI--Children in mysterious classes here underwent obligatory blood and urine tests. Their physical strength and bodily functions, as well as their intelligence and...
Japan, U.S. cooperating on joint document to mark 70th anniversary ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama wind up their joint news conference at the State Guest House in Tokyo’s Moto-Akasaka district on April 24, 2014. (Pool)
To prevent friction with South Korea and China and underscore the importance of their alliance, Japan and the United States are working on a joint document to mark the 70th...
Chinese envoy calls on Abe to respect Murayama statement
Cheng Yonghua, Chinese ambassador to Japan, during an interview in 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China’s ambassador to Japan on Feb. 12 urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to respect the tenor of the 1995 Murayama statement that apologized for Japan’s “aggression”...
Wartime Chinese laborers call off settlement talks with Mitsubishi ...
One of the plaintiffs talks to reporters after the filing of a lawsuit with the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court over wartime forced labor last February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese plaintiffs seeking compensation for their wartime forced labor decided to reject a proposed settlement by one of two Japanese companies named in the suit,...
Famed Hiroshima paintings to be displayed in U.S. on 70th...
Yoshiko Hayakawa in front of the painting "Fire" at the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels in Higashi-Matsuyama, Saitama Prefecture, on Jan. 22 (Ryo Kiyomiya)
The celebrated Hiroshima Panels will be leaving Japan this summer and be displayed in Washington for the first time upon the 70th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing.
Survivors of wartime air raids plan rally for push for state...
A survivor of a U.S. air raid over Japan in World War II collects signatures in Osaka last August as part of efforts to push for legislation to compensate victims. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Civilian survivors of the Great Tokyo Air Raid and other acts of war 70 or more years ago will hold a mass rally with supporters next month to demand government compensation...
Replica of Tokugawa Hidetada’s lost mausoleum returns home for...
The replica of Tokugawa Hidetada's mausoleum shows the decorated interior of the original structure. (Provided by Zojoji temple)
A spectacular scale replica of the Taitokuin Mausoleum has returned to Japan after an absence of more than 100 years.
ANALYSIS: Abe pressed on wording of statement to mark war...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to questions in the Diet on Feb. 4 about the statement he plans to release to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Given his right-wing leanings, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was peppered with questions in the Diet about his views on history and whether they would be reflected in a landmark...
Okegawa to preserve last remaining buildings of training campus...
The barracks of the Okegawa branch campus of the Imperial Japanese Army’s Kumagaya flight school (Takuya Kawasaki)
OKEGAWA, Saitama Prefecture--As poignant "living witnesses" to World War II, a group of buildings here that served as a training facility for kamikaze suicide pilots will be...
Ruling coalition asks Abe to discuss war anniversary statement...
Toshihiro Nikai, chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's General Council, left, and Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Ahead of a widely anticipated statement to be issued on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, ruling coalition officials are calling on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to...
VOX POPULI: Weizsacker embodied the spirit of postwar Germany
German Federal President Richard von Weizsacker delivers his much acclaimed speech on the end of World War II at the German Bundestag in Bonn on May 8, 1985. (AP Photo)
Former German President Richard von Weizsacker, who died on Jan. 31 at the age of 94, was a statesman who came to personify Germany's postwar history. German reunification...
New photo book includes vast trove showing atrocities of U.S....
People conduct a funeral at a makeshift altar in central Tokyo on May 26, 1945, after a U.S. bombing. (Photo taken by Hiroshi Mitsuzumi of Tohosha/ Provided by the Center of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage)
A Tokyo-based private museum has published a photo book that features 1,400 pictures documenting the destruction and atrocities unleashed by U.S. air raids of Tokyo, including...
1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94
One of the B-25 bombers of the Doolittle Raiders takes off from an aircraft carrier in 1942. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEATTLE--Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War...