World War II

INSIGHT: China says seizure of Mitsui ship unrelated to wartime...
The Baosteel Emotion, a Mitsui O.S.K. Lines iron ore carrier, which has been seized by the Shanghai Maritime Court (Provided by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.)
BEIJING--Beijing said a court’s seizure of a Japanese ship was related to a contract dispute, not wartime compensation, indicating that China does not intend to use the case...
INTERVIEW/ Norihiro Kato: Japan must face up to ‘3...
Norihiro Kato (Photo by Toshiyuki Matsumoto)
Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s abrupt visit to Yasukuni Shrine in late December, Japan has experienced a dramatic downturn in its diplomacy with not only China and South...
Shanghai court seizes Japanese ship over unpaid wartime...
The Baosteel Emotion, a Mitsui O.S.K. Lines iron ore carrier, which has been seized by the Shanghai Maritime Court (Provided by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.)
BEIJING--A Japanese iron ore carrier has been seized by the Shanghai Maritime Court in a Chinese port after its owner failed to respond to a compensation order stemming from a...
Color image of Naha's Shuri Castle, destroyed in U.S. air raid,...
In the newly discovered color film footage, the large building to the right of the rectangular facility at the center is believed to be the main building of Shuri Castle in Naha. (Provided by Toyo No Kuni Usa-shi Juku)
A citizens’ research group has discovered colored images of Okinawa’s Shuri Castle as it looked before it was destroyed during World War II.
Forgiving Filipinos try to cash in on long-detested Japanese army...
The entrance of a cave reportedly used by former Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda during his 30 years of hiding on Lubang Island in the Philippines (Manabu Sasaki)
LUBANG ISLAND, Philippines--An expanded hiking trail and planned tourist attractions will be dedicated to a man who terrorized inhabitants of this island for decades with...
Replica of one-man suicide torpedo goes on display in Oita...
Officials in Hiji, Oita Prefecture, unveil a replica of the kaiten torpedo at a ceremony on April 3. (Provided by Hiji municipal government)
HIJI, Oita Prefecture--A replica of a human-piloted suicide torpedo was unveiled here as part of plans by the Hiji municipal government to construct a memorial park at the...
VOX POPULI: Memories of Gen. MacArthur never die, they just fade...
Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan as Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers at Atsugi airfield in Kanagawa Prefecture on Aug. 30, 1945. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The 1.4-kilometer-long "MacArthur Road" in central Tokyo opened March 29 to motor vehicle traffic. The name of this road may puzzle some young people. On the other hand,...
South Koreans collaborating with Chinese in lawsuits over forced...
Chinese and South Koreans offer a prayer during a memorial ceremony for the victims of wartime forced labor in Japan on April 2 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. (Nozomu Hayashi)
HIJIAZHUANG, China--Chinese citizens filing lawsuits over forced labor in Japan during World War II are getting a helping hand from South Korean plaintiffs who won court...
Tokyo protests Xi’s reference to Nanking Massacre
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the evening reception at the Hotel InterContinental in Duesseldorf, Germany, on March 29. (AP Photo)
Japan lodged a protest against Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remark in Germany that Japanese soldiers committed a “brutal crime” by killing more than 300,000 Chinese in...
Korean, Chinese wartime forced laborers unite against Japanese...
Former forced laborers and their supporters in South Korea demonstrate after filing a lawsuit demanding compensation from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at the Gwangju district court on Feb. 27. (Akira Nakano)
South Korean and Chinese individuals are beginning to work together in legal action demanding Japanese companies pay compensation over forced labor during World War II.
China's Xi says Japan's wartime atrocities 'fresh in our memory'
Chinese president Xi Jinping by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellor's office in Berlin on March 28. (AP Photo)
BERLIN--Chinese President Xi Jinping said on March 28 during a visit to Berlin that Japan's wartime atrocities were still "fresh in our memory."
China angrily denounces Japan for Russia-Crimea analogy
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third from right, during a G7 meeting in The Hague on March 24 (Pool)
BEIJING--China denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on March 28 for drawing an analogy between Russia's behaviour in Crimea and China's actions in the disputed East and ...
Ex-SDF members clearing undersea bombs from Battle of Peleliu
A diver of Japan Mine Action Service searches for unexploded bombs in a sunken ship of the Imperial Japanese Navy off Palau's Koror Island in February. (Provided by Japan Mine Action Service)
Retired Self-Defense Forces members are removing unexploded bombs littering the sea floor around Palau, the site of heavy Japan-U.S. fighting during the Pacific War.
INTERVIEW/ Akihiko Reizei: Abe's thoughtless actions damaging...
Akihiko Reizei (Photo by Hiroki Manabe)
Washington was not sure how to react to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration when it was formed yet again on December 2012. Since then, the U.S. government has gained a ...
Abe faces wartime history at Anne Frank House
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is greeted by Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, during his visit to the museum in Amsterdam on March 23. (Pool)
AMSTERDAM--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a visit to the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam on March 23, a diplomatic move ahead of a meeting with the leaders of the U.S. and ...
1,000 Chinese plan to join lawsuit over wartime forced labor in...
A man talks to reporters after he and other Chinese citizens filed a lawsuit with the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court on Feb. 26, demanding compensation from Japanese companies in relation to wartime forced labor. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Following an unprecedented court decision, nearly 1,000 Chinese citizens plan to join a group lawsuit demanding compensation from two Japanese companies over forced...
EDITORIAL: Japan and China need fresh dialogue over war...
A man talks to reporters after he and other Chinese citizens filed a lawsuit with the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court on Feb. 26, demanding compensation from Japanese companies in relation to wartime forced labor. (Nanae Kurashige)
China has taken a new approach to pressure Japan into responding to the issue of war reparations.
POINT OF VIEW/ Yoshihide Soeya: Postwar diplomatic framework...
Yoshihide Soeya (Photo by Toshiyuki Matsumoto)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, trying to quell the furor over his controversial visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine in December, said he went to make "a pledge to not wage war by...
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Scars of war have not gone away
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Shinobu Igasaki)
In late December, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused a stir by visiting Yasukuni Shrine. It was the first visit to the war-related shrine by an incumbent prime minister in seven...
EDITORIAL: Vandalism of Anne Frank books upsets conscience of...
Peleg Lewi, Israel's minister plenipotentiary to Japan, donates Anne Frank-related books to Suginami Ward Mayor Ryo Tanaka on Feb. 27. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
Tearing up books to make them unreadable is tantamount to denying the very act of thinking, which is the most important activity for human beings.