World War II

Last U.S. crew member of Hiroshima bomber dies
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, second from right, and other crew members of the Enola Gay while in Tinian, one of the Northern Mariana Islands, in August 1945 (American National Archives)
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, has died at a retirement home in Georgia...
Play dramatizes mass suicidal escape attempt by Japanese POWs in...
A scene from Rinkogun's “Honchos’ Meeting in Cowra side A”  about the suicidal escape attempt by Japanese prisoners of war in Australia (Provided by Michihiro Furumoto)
A Tokyo-based theater troupe is bringing a play based on a suicidal escape attempt by Japanese POWs to the southeastern Australian city where it occurred during World War II.
Gunma government orders removal of memorial for Korean forced...
A monument to memorialize Korean forced laborers during wartime at the prefectural-run Gunma no Mori park in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture (Ippei Nakata)
TAKASAKI, Gunma Prefecture--A growing anti-Korean sentiment in Japan is manifesting itself here, forcing a local government to demand the removal of a monument that honors...
S. Korean court rules ‘One Piece’ show can go on after all
A “One Piece” exhibition held in the Osaka Tenpozan special gallery in Osaka's Minato Ward in 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--A South Korean court said an exhibition of the popular Japanese pirate manga “One Piece” can be held here as contracted after it had been canceled over allegations...
Dutch children of wartime liaisons with Japanese search for their...
Hiroshy de Winter talks to his wife about his family in Japan at his home in Roosendaal, the Netherlands, on April 10. (Maki Okubo)
Hiroshy de Winter was born in the Dutch East Indies as a result of the wartime Japanese occupation.
Support group for war-displaced Japanese in China marks 30th...
Keiko Matsuda, left, a former war-displaced Japanese, and Hu Xiaohui, right, at the meeting in Harbin, China, on July 17 (Koichiro Ishida)
HARBIN, China--Japanese left behind in China at the end of World War II and their Chinese adoptive parents met here on July 17 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of a support...
Mother's wait for kamikaze pilot son to return sparked brother's...
This commemorative photo of four kamikaze pilots of the Sakura-danki fighter shows Masatatsu Yamashita on the far left. (Provided by Akira Yamashita)
For half a century, a woman continued to make Buddhist pilgrimages on Shikoku island.
Japan upset as Chinese paper prints mushroom clouds on map
An advertisement in the July 3 issue of the Chongqing Youth News with mushroom clouds over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Kentaro Koyama/ The Asahi Shimbun)
TOKYO/ BEIJING--Japan on July 8 vowed to make a stern protest to China after a regional Chinese newspaper printed a map of the country with mushroom clouds hovering over the...
‘Why did they have to die?’ Scars remain on 70th anniversary...
Hirokuni Suzuki shows the scar on his neck from an attempted mass suicide 70 years ago. (Taku Hosokawa)
When Hirokuni Suzuki prayed in front of his family grave, a scar became visible on his neck where his brother-in-law stabbed him 70 years ago.
Yamaguchi Kaiten museum honors memory of suicide torpedo pilots
A placard featuring the main character from the manga "Tokko no Shima"  (island of suicide attack) is posted in JR Tokuyama Station. (Masamitsu Oku)
SHUNAN, Yamaguchi Prefecture--A project to promote an island here once used to train Japanese seamen for suicide torpedo missions during World War II is under way with the...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Former top LDP official lambasts Abe's move...
Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Hiromu Nonaka criticizes the Abe Cabinet in a meeting in Nagoya’s Nishi Ward on July 6. (Hwang Chul)
NAGOYA--A former secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party blasted the Abe Cabinet for approving a constitutional reinterpretation to allow Japan to exercise the ...
China uses war-related anniversaries to pressure Japan
Chinese President Xi Jinping gives a speech before students at Seoul National University on July 4. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--In an unprecedented move by a top Chinese leader, President Xi Jinping delivered a speech marking the 77th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident at a war...
China's Xi invites S. Korea joint effort on Japan's wartime past
Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles during a meeting with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa at the National Assembly in Seoul on July 4. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--China and South Korea have a common interest in ensuring Tokyo is held to account for its wartime past, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on July 4, amid their shared...
Xi rebukes Japan for brutality in China, Koreas
Chinese President Xi Jinping waves to students and audience after his lecture at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea, on July 4. With a single meeting on July 3, the leaders of China and South Korea simultaneously snubbed North Korea, bolstered their already booming trade relationship and gave the U.S. and Japan a look at Beijing's growing influence south of the Korean Demilitarized Zone. (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea --Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted Japan's brutality against China and South Korea in the last century during a speech on the final day of his visit...
Chinese workers protest after chairman says Japan protected China...
Workers at a plant in Dongguan, China, protest the remarks about World War II by Masataka Kataoka, the visiting chairman of Alps Electric Co. (Provided by a factory source)
Chinese factory workers walked off the job and staged a protest over the Alps Electric Co. chairman’s denial of Japanese military aggression during World War II, sources said.
Imperial couple set to pay homage to war memorials
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko converse June 27 in Naha with survivors and family members of those who died in the sinking of the Tsushima Maru in August 1944. (Pool)
NAHA--The recent visit to a war memorial in Okinawa by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko is expected to be one of many the couple will make in the coming year to mark the...
Kono: 1993 statement on 'comfort women' must stand
Yohei Kono, the former chief Cabinet secretary under whose name a 1993 statement was released regarding "comfort women" (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Yohei Kono, architect of the landmark 1993 statement on "comfort women" issued in his name, said the Abe administration's decision to uphold it should be the last word on the...
VOX POPULI: Peace may be boring, but it’s always a better...
Noriko Ibaragi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
True to her reputation, Noriko Ibaragi, known as “the eldest daughter of contemporary Japanese poetry,” was at the forefront of female poets in postwar Japan.
American couple on mission to return Hinomaru battle flags to Japan
Hisao Tsukashima (far left) identifies the name of his older brother written on a Japanese flag at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, along with Rex Ziak (far right) and his wife, Keiko, (second from right), who are working to return such flags to their families. (Yoichiro Kodera)
Browsing through an antiques market in Britain, historian Rex Ziak came across an old Japanese rising sun flag bearing more than 30 signatures.
Online manga based on A-bomb survivor's account resonates with...
A scene from “A story of a girl who survived an atomic bomb” (Provided by Sasuraino Kanabun)
HIROSHIMA--An amateur online manga, based on an account by a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing in Hiroshima and written by her granddaughter, has attracted about 190,000...