World War II

NPT review conference’s failure to reach accord disappoints...
Many people visit the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima on May 23. (Kengo Yamada)
Survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki expressed disappointment over the failure of signatories at a world nuclear nonproliferation conference to reach ...
JCP's Shii: Abe has never read the Potsdam Declaration
Kazuo Shii, leader of the Japanese Communist Party, during question time in the Diet on May 20 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii took another shot at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his apparent unfamiliarity with the 1945 Potsdam Declaration by pointing to his...
VOX POPULI: Abe fails history lesson in debate with Communist...
Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a one-on-one debate in the Diet on May 20 (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Back when Keio University professor Koji Matsui was a trade ministry bureaucrat on loan to the prime minister's office, he watched Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii...
Group seeking proper accounting of Japan’s wartime past doubles...
Franz Waldenberger, left, and Ian Buruma (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
NEW YORK--The number of scholars calling on Japan to conduct an “unbiased accounting” of its wartime past has more than doubled to 457 in two weeks.
Russian foreign minister says Japan must accept it lost Northern...
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MOSCOW--The Russian foreign minister has dismissed Tokyo's claims to the Northern Territories, describing Japan as "the only nation that raises doubts about the results of...
Kerry urges Japan, South Korea to reconcile over history
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se wrap up a joint news conference in Seoul on May 18. (Atsushi Okudera)
SEOUL--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Japan and South Korea to promote “healing and reconciliation” over history issues and to strengthen their relations...
Letter from Nazi minister marking Soviet spy Sorge's birthday...
Yoshio Okudaira, a manager at the Tamura Shoten bookstore in Tokyo, discovered the letter apparently sent on behalf of Joachim von Ribbentrop to Richard Sorge, accompanied by a signed photo of Nazi Germany's foreign minister. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
A 1938 letter of gratitude apparently sent on behalf of Joachim von Ribbentrop when he was foreign minister of Nazi Germany to Richard Sorge, a Soviet spy operating in Japan...
Photographer lets war ruins deliver message to youths of reality...
An abandoned U.S. armored vehicle on the beach in Saipan (Provided by Takayoshi Yasujima)
From abandoned tanks and rusting aircraft hulks in the Pacific islands to uncompleted tunnels of the Matsushiro imperial headquarters bunker complex, photographer Takayoshi...
Fukuda: Abe anniversary statement on war's end should appeal to...
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda expressed hopes that a statement that marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this summer will convey a message that is...
Dud bomb from U.S. air raid removed in downtown Osaka shopping area
Ground Self-Defense Force members pull up a defused dud bomb with a crane in Osaka’s Naniwa Ward on May 9. (Takashi Ishihara)
OSAKA--An unexploded bomb believed to have been dropped by U.S. forces in a World War II air raid was defused and removed by the Self-Defense Forces in a busy shopping district ...
Russia and China deepen ties with new economic deals
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping before their meeting in Moscow's Kremlin May 8. (Provided by Russian Presidential Office)
MOSCOW--Russia and China signed a $25 billion deal to boost Chinese lending to Russian firms and a host of other accords deepening economic cooperation on May 8 as Moscow's...
Noh play depicting Nagasaki atomic bombing heading to U.S.
The Noh play "Nagasaki no Seibo" (Holy Mother in Nagasaki) is premiered at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki in November 2005. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Christian-themed modern Noh play depicting the atomic bombing of Nagasaki 70 years ago will be performed in the United States.
Japan scholars in West issue statement calling for 'unbiased...
Andrew Gordon, left, and Akira Iriye (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
NEW YORK--Nearly 200 historians and other Japan scholars working mainly in the West have issued a statement calling for "as full and unbiased an accounting of past wrongs as...
Children pay homage to late father by visiting wartime crash sites ...
William Johnston and his sister Karen Caston listen as Toru Fukubayashi talks about the Feb. 19, 1945, crash of the B-29 bomber in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward that their father survived. (Jun Sato)
William Johnston, 60, and his 53-year-old sister Karen Caston recently undertook a sentimental journey to Tokyo to visit the site where their father's plane was shot down 70...
North Korea officially squelches speculation of Kim trip
In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with president of the Presidium of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam at the Olympic reception hosted by the Russian President in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--North Korea announced May 4 that the head of its parliament will attend this month's Victory Day celebration in Moscow, squelching speculation that supreme leader...
Names released of 10,000 Japanese who died in Soviet internment...
A list of Japanese internees who died in the Hungnam district in what is now known as Hamhung in North Korea (Takeshi Iwashita)
The health ministry on April 30 released the names of 10,723 Japanese interned by the former Soviet Union after World War II who died before ever returning to their home...
Abe voices 'repentance' on World War II, touts Japan's new...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington April 29. (Shinichi Iizuka)
WASHINGTON--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed "deep repentance" over Japan's role in World War II in a speech to the U.S. Congress on April 29, even as he declared Tokyo's...
Hundreds at San Francisco protest call for Abe to address wartime...
Chinese American and Korean American protesters hold up signs and yell as they rally outside of Japanese Consulate in San Francisco on April 28. (AP Photo)
SAN FRANCISCO--Hundreds of people protested outside the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco, calling on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to apologize for his country's treatment of...
Memories of militarist Japan linger in U.S.
Thousands of military personnel and civilians take part in the Bataan Memorial Death March held at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on March 22, 2015. (Takashi Oshima)
Nearly 6,000 U.S. military personnel and civilians walked for about 42 kilometers through unforgiving sandy terrain in relentlessly scorching heat.
A-bomb survivor on what may be his last quest to seek nuke weapons ...
Sumiteru Taniguchi, an 86-year-old atomic bomb survivor, speaks at his send-off ceremony in Nagasaki on April 18. (Shohei Okada)
NAGASAKI--Despite his frail condition, 86-year-old atomic bomb survivor Sumiteru Taniguchi is making what is likely his final trip to New York to appeal to the United Nations...