World War II

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...
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.
VOX POPULI: The importance of handing down memories of war
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II at Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo on Aug. 15. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Chuya Nakahara (1907-1937), who died young, wrote a poem titled "Imoto yo" (Oh my little sister). It goes, "The beautiful soul wept at night/ And said it was all right now to...
Abe avoids talk of war responsibility, anti-war pledges at Aug. 15 ...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko offer prayers to the war dead at a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II at Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo on Aug. 15. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
For the second consecutive year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not refer to Japan’s responsibility for inflicting damage on other Asian nations during wartime at a ceremony...
Local peace museums count on ‘Zero’ fighter planes to draw...
An authentic Zero fighter plane, which was found in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, is exhibited in the Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum in Chikuzen, Fukuoka Prefecture. (Orie Yoshihama)
Hoping to attract more visitors with a powerful symbol of World War II, a growing number of peace museums operated by local governments are splurging on actual or replica...
Abe sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine, Cabinet ministers visit
Yoshitaka Shindo, minister of internal affairs and communications, right, and Keiji Furuya, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, visit Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Aug. 15. (Hiroki Endo/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Aug. 15 sent a ritual offering to a Tokyo shrine to war dead but did not join Cabinet ministers in a visit, seen as an effort to avoid...
EDITORIAL: Japan needs meaningful language, not demagogic words,...
Visitors pray at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Aug. 15. (The Asahi Shimbun)
On the first Saturday of August, a demonstration was staged in Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s most vibrant shopping areas, where demonstrators repeatedly shouted, “Senso hantai” ...
VOX POPULI: Author Yamada’s reflections on war’s end resonate...
Novelist Futaro Yamada in 1948 (Provided by Futaro Yamada Museum)
“Unconventional” could well be the middle name of novelist Futaro Yamada (1922-2001), whose works include “Ningen Rinju Zukan” (Picture scroll of human deathbed scenes)....
Postwar tale on 'Giovanni's Island' screened in Russia
A scene from “Giovanni’s Island” ((c) JAME)
"Giovanni's Island," an anime film about life on Shikotan island after it was seized from Japan by Soviet forces at the end of World War II, was screened at the 36th Moscow...
EDITORIAL: Japan has duty to keep alive lessons of wartime abuse
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks to the podium on Aug. 15, 2013, at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo to deliver his speech while Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko look on. He made no mention of the wartime damage inflicted by Japan on Asian nations. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
This year marks the 120th anniversary of the outbreak of the First Sino-Japanese War. When peace was shattered in East Asia, the Tokyo Asahi Shimbun, the predecessor of The...
Japan to 'strongly protest' Russia's military exercises on...
Kunashiri Island of Japan's Northern Territories is seen in the background. The Notsuke Peninsula of Hokkaido is in the front. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan said on Aug. 13 that Tokyo would "strongly protest" Russia's military exercises on disputed Pacific islands also claimed by Japan, a row over which has strained relations ...
Museum creates CG reproduction of launching ceremonies for iconic...
Computer-generated image of the launching ceremony of Battleship Yamato (Provided by the Kure Maritime Museum)
KURE, Hiroshima Prefecture--Using cutting-edge shipbuilding technologies, the Imperial Japanese Navy battleships Yamato and Musashi were the heaviest and most powerfully armed...
Tail of Model 21 Zero Fighter retrieved, put on display
Visitors at the Tsukuba naval air corps memorial museum observe the tail of a Model 21 Zero Fighter in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Aug. 9. (Tomomi Kasawaki)
KASAMA, Ibaraki Prefecture--Rare body parts of an early model Zero Fighter that was shot down in the Solomon Islands during World War II went on display at the Tsukuba naval...
'Nagasaki baby' of U.S. occupation commander follows up on...
Patricia Magee attends the unveiling of a new street sign in Nagasaki honoring her late father, Victor Delnore, on Aug. 8. (Shohei Okada)
NAGASAKI--Back in Japan to attend the annual atomic bomb memorial service here on Aug. 9, Patricia Magee first stopped off for the unveiling of a new street sign honoring her...
Son of Imperial Japanese Army soldier visits father's homeland for ...
The son of a Japanese soldier, Bienvenido Toshio Shin, who was left behind in the Philippines after World War ll, is welcomed by his relatives at Kagoshima Airport in Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture. (Koki Nakamura)
AIRA, Kagoshima Prefecture--A Filipino-Japanese man who was separated from his Japanese father because of World War II visited his father’s homeland of Kagoshima Prefecture...
Former Dutch POWs in Nagasaki disagree whether A-bomb was justified
Ronald Scholte speaks at his residence in Gilze, the Netherlands. In a frame on the wall are the kanji characters for hibakusha. (Maki Okubo)
While many of his former comrades believe that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki played a vital role in ending the war, Ronald Scholte, a 90-year-old Dutch...