World War II

Intellectuals urge Abe to retain spirit of previous war...
Kim Young-ho, a former South Korean minister of trade, industry and energy, in 2010 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--A group of intellectuals from Japan, South Korea and Western countries have urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stick to the spirit of the statements of previous Japanese ...
Park to open in Miyagi to mourn U.S. B-29 crew members who crashed ...
A park will be opened in Shichikashuku, Miyagi Prefecture, on Aug. 2 to mourn U.S. service members who died in crashes on Mount Fubosan there during World War II. The mountain can be seen in the background. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
SHICHIKASHUKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Before dawn on March 10, 1945, three U.S. B-29 bombers crashed near the top of Mount Fubosan here, the southern tip of the Zao mountain range, ...
Anti-aircraft gun emplacements in Osaka a grim reminder of war...
An artillery battery for an anti-aircraft gun used by the Imperial Japanese Army in Osaka’s Higashi-Yodogawa Ward. It was used as a housing facility after the end of World War II.  (Hikaru Uchida)
OSAKA--The sprawling landscape of Osaka has all but erased reminders of World War II.
Producer comes out of 26-year hiatus to film peace documentary
Producer Itsuro Yamaguchi is currently filming a documentary on the 58th National Peace March against A and H Bombs. (Motooki Hayasaka)
Itsuro Yamaguchi first became involved in producing movies about the terrors and tragedies caused by nuclear weapons when he was in his 20s.
Parisians flock to see old French news articles detailing end of...
An exhibit of French World War II newspaper articles detailing the surrender of Japan and the liberation of France’s capital from Nazi Germany rule opened in Paris on July 23. In one article detailing Japan’s surrender, a newspaper displayed a photo of Americans holding a sign that reads “Japs,” a derogatory term used to describe the Japanese at the time. (Hideki Aota)
PARIS--An exhibition of newspaper articles chronicling the final year of World War II, which focused more on Japan’s surrender than the tragedies inflicted by the atomic...
A touching family keepsake from the war years
Hiroyasu Kato inside the bomb shelter his father made in Handa, Aichi Prefecture (Minako Yoshimoto)
HANDA, Aichi Prefecture--At first glance, the underground bunker in the grounds of housing renovation company Yoshinoya here appears to be just an ordinary basement.
OUT OF PLAY: Japanese POW had Koshien on his mind when he died
Catcher and team captain Takeshi Doigaki and pitcher Shoichi Shimizu discuss strategy on the mound of Koshien Stadium on Aug. 16, 1939. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Editor’s note: The National High School Baseball Tournament, the goal of young players in Japan, is an annual summer event that generates excitement across the nation. This...
Sources: Mitsubishi Materials to offer apology, compensation to...
Chinese wartime forced workers and bereaved family members visit Mitsubishi Materials Corp.'s branch in Fukuoka in their campaign seeking an apology and compensation in 2002. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Mitsubishi Materials Corp. has offered a “sincere apology” and compensation in a proposed out-of-court settlement to Chinese plaintiffs seeking redress for forced...
INSIGHT: Does today's Japan deserve the love of kamikaze pilots?
The “monument to the farewell cup” in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, built by a former member of an Oka suicide attack squad, carries an engraved message by writer Sohachi Yamaoka. (Tsuyoshi Komano)
U.S. troops gave the nickname of “baka bomb” (idiot bomb) to one of the weapons used in Japan’s suicide attacks during the closing days of World War II.
China envoy warns Japan not to backtrack on expressions of World...
Cheng Yonghua, China's ambassador to Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs to clearly express remorse for his nation's World War II actions or risk "rubbing salt in the wounds" of those who suffered, China's...
Reminders of Pacific War slowly disappearing on Chichijima island
An anti-aircraft artillery piece of the former Japanese forces remains on Chichijima island on May 29. (Naoko Kawamura)
CHICHIJIMA ISLAND--Some 70 years ago, this former Japanese forces' anti-aircraft gun would have been pointed skyward, ready to fire on approaching enemy planes.
Mitsubishi Materials apologizes for using U.S. POWs as slave labor
Yukio Okamoto, Outside Board Member of Mitsubishi Materials and former Special Advisor to Japan's Prime Minister, left, and Hikaru Kimura, Senior Executive Officer Mitsubishi Materials, offer an apology as they hold hands with 94-year-old U.S. prisoner of war, James Murphy, at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles July 19. (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES--Construction company Mitsubishi Materials Corp became the first major Japanese company to apologize for using captured American soldiers as slave laborers during...
Volunteers screen controversial Nanking Massacre film in Japan
A scene from the 2009 biopic "John Rabe" (Provided by the organizing committee of the screening of "John Rabe")
A movie about a German businessman who created a safety zone to protect Chinese citizens during the 1937 Nanking Massacre will be screened in Japan by a group of volunteers...
Scholars demand Abe admit wartime wrongdoing in 70th anniversary...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 17 in Tokyo (Shinichi Iizuka)
Seventy-four academics have demanded Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “gracefully acknowledge” Japan’s wrongdoing during World War II in his planned statement to mark the 70th...
Hiroshima painting hands down warning of man who collected bodies...
Reiko Sasaki stands in front of her late husband's work "Kaiki." (Gen Okamoto)
HIROSHIMA--A masterpiece by an artist who painted many works themed on the 1945 atomic bombing of this city while collecting victims’ bodies for a U.S. research institute...
Close to 10,000 scholars battling proposed security legislation
Scholars and students opposed to security legislation now before the Lower House attend a symposium on the issue at Kyoto University on July 14. (Ryo Kato)
Nearly 10,000 academics have thrown their support behind a movement to oppose national security bills that look set to shortly pass the Lower House.
OUT OF PLAY: Tournament revived in 1946 while ace pitcher sits on...
A newspaper article introduces Kaichi Hirate as a star player in a preliminary round in Hokkaido for the National High School Baseball Tournament in 1933. (Ryo Kato)
Editor’s note: The National High School Baseball Tournament, the goal of young players in Japan, is an annual summer event that generates excitement across the nation. This...
Japanese left behind in war express gratitude at memorial for...
Shuji Sato and his wife, Hideko, talk about his adopted Chinese mother in front of a memorial in Fangzheng county, northeastern China, on July 13. (Maki Okubo)
FANGZHENG, China--Shuji Sato bowed his head three times at a memorial here, continuing his pledge to never “abandon” the woman who sacrificed so much to save a child of an...
Film heavyweight takes megaphone in Nagasaki to complete 'war...
Filmmaker Yoji Yamada and actress Sayuri Yoshinaga share a moment during filming of their movie on the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki at the Kurosaki church in the city on July 10. (Ryo Ikeda)
NAGASAKI--Veteran filmmaker Yoji Yamada is producing a movie about the atomic bombing of Nagasaki to fulfill a playwright’s last wish to complete a trilogy on three Japanese...
Nagoya war archives enable viewers to look inward
Visitors look at a 250-kilogram bomb at the newly opened war archives in Nagoya on July 10. (Tomoaki Ito)
NAGOYA--Among the 400 or so items at the newly opened Aichi-Nagoya war archives are the personal diaries of children who were evacuated to rural areas during World War II and...