World War II

Taiwan military stages parade for 70th anniversary of 'victory...
Missile launchers move past a portrait of Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Kuomingtang, during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, held at an army base in Hsinchu county, Taiwan, on July 4. (Satoshi Ukai)
HSINCHU, Taiwan--Taiwan kicked off a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the “victory in the anti-Japanese war” by staging a big military parade on July 4.
INSIGHT: Japanese relegated war to a ‘thing of the past’
A 76-year-old man pays his respects to his brother on June 23 at a cave  in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, where students mobilized for war killed themselves during the 1945 Battle of Okinawa. (Shogo Koshida)
When I read a book written by a psychiatrist, a question loomed in my mind: Did World War II really end 70 years ago?
At 94, woman writes daily love notes to husband who died in World...
Tsuchie Okushi keeps her thoughts of her husband, Nikuro Okushi, seen in the portrait, in a notebook at her home in Itoshima, Fukuoka Prefecture. (Tsukasa Kimura)
ITOSHIMA, Fukuoka Prefecture--Frail with age, Tsuchie Okushi nonetheless continues her daily ritual of writing love notes to her husband whom she last saw alive in 1942.
Beneath a university campus, a bunker for World War II commanders
The underground shelter of the command center of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s combined fleet remains in Yokohama’s Kohoku Ward on June 23. At right is the operation room while the left passage extends to a secret code room and a telegram room. (Takuya Isayama)
YOKOHAMA--Arched tunnels consisting of thick concrete lead to sporadic rooms where Japanese military commanders fled for protection from U.S. air raids while desperately trying ...
EDITORIAL: Japan would be better off without an unofficial Abe war ...
From left, former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly intends to forgo official Cabinet endorsement for the statement he plans to issue this summer to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the...
Chinese museum to highlight Taiwanese fight against Japanese rule
The Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, located near the Lugou Bridge in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A museum here that is a stronghold of the Chinese Communist Party’s historical education on China’s war against Japan is building a pavilion themed on Taiwanese...
Taiwan to issue medal, coins to commemorate war victory over Japan
A set of a medal and two coins to be issued by the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of China, as part of the Allied forces, in its war against Japan (Satoshi Ukai)
TAIPEI--The Taiwanese central bank plans to issue 20,000 commemorative sets of a medal and two coins on July 2 to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of China, as part of...
Nagasaki team finds film of U.S. troops surveying city shortly...
A U.S. soldier surveys the damage in Nagasaki caused by the Aug. 9, 1945, atomic bombing in a film recently discovered at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration in Washington. (Provided by Nagasaki city)
WASHINGTON--A Japanese delegation has discovered film footage of U.S. occupation forces surveying damage from the Aug. 9, 1945, atomic bombing of Nagasaki, less than two months ...
MEMORIAL DAY: Japanese suffered from heavy presence of U.S bases...
Children wave at passing U.S. military vehicles in Ginoza, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 4. (Takuya Isayama)
An 11-year-old girl suddenly felt an earthquake-like tremor strike her home in the coastal town of Toyoumi (current Kujukuri town), Chiba Prefecture, soon after noon on March...
Abe likely to issue war-anniversary statement without Cabinet...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to issue his war-anniversary statement without Cabinet approval, a move that will bypass wrangling over wording with Komeito, the...
Wartime nurse laments lives sacrificed by fleeing military in...
Chie Kuba, a survivor of the bloody 1945 Battle of Okinawa, recalls the carnage she experienced in front of a cave she took refuge in Nanjo, Okinawa Prefecture. (Takufumi Yoshida)
NAHA--Even 70 years after the end of World War II, 86-year-old Chie Kuba painfully recalls a song she used to sing with her elementary school classmates.
Survivor recalls Battle of Okinawa after coming to grips with loss ...
Jinei Ishikawa recalls the Battle of Okinawa in front of a cave where he and his family and relatives evacuated in Urasoe, Okinawa Prefecture. (Koichi Ueda)
URASOE, Okinawa Prefecture--For 80-year-old Jinei Ishikawa, the Battle of Okinawa continues to rage in his memories, even after 70 years.
Imperial couple visits area settled by Japanese from Palau after...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko observe photographs of the time when Japanese returnees from Palau settled on what is now the Kita-Harao district, on June 17 in Zao, Miyagi Prefecture. (Pool)
ZAO, Miyagi Prefecture--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a community here that was developed through the toil of Japanese who left the battle-scarred South Pacific...
Manga exhibition in Kyoto provides insights into World War II
The original illustrations for Fumiyo Kono's "Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni" (In this corner of the world) are on display at the Kyoto International Manga Museum in the city's Nakagyo Ward. ((c) Fumiyo Kono/ Futabasha Publishers Ltd.)
KYOTO--A museum here is displaying manga themed on World War II, including works by artists with firsthand experience of the conflict, to send a message to Japan’s postwar...
Hiroshima tram resumes service in original colors to convey...
The No. 653 streetcar of Hiroshima Electric Railway Co., which has been repainted into the original gray and blue colors, passes in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in central Hiroshima on June 13. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
HIROSHIMA--An inspirational symbol, one of the few remaining streetcars that survived the August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima has been repainted its original gray and blue...
POINT OF VIEW/ Tetsuji Okazaki: U.S.-based scholars draft war...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a meeting of Asian and African leaders in Jakarta on April 22 to mark the 60th anniversary of the inaugural Asian-African Conference in Bandung, Indonesia, in 1955. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Professor Takeo Hoshi, a senior fellow with the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, is an old and respected friend of mine.
Japan mulls Park's optimism about 'comfort women' talks
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--A remark by South Korean President Park Geun-hye that there has been "considerable progress" in talks with Japan over the wartime “comfort women” issue has caused...
Japanese art on atomic bombings exhibited in Washington
In this photo a 1950 paper and Indian ink artwork called “Ghost” is displayed at the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, in northwest Washington June 10 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--A pocket watch that stopped at 8:15 a.m. when the first atomic bomb dropped. A sprawling picture of twisted bodies and screaming faces engulfed by the flames. The...
ASAHI SURVEY: 65% of survivors suffer flashbacks from Battle of...
Aiko Zaha, a 85-year-old survivor of the Battle of Okinawa, says she still suffers from panic attacks possibly caused by her wartime memories. (Daizo Teramoto)
Nearly 65 percent of survivors of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa are still haunted by memories of the carnage they witnessed in the closing days of World War II, an Asahi Shimbun...
YOUNG KAMIKAZE: After returning to 'life' in faulty plane, pilot...
A memorial statue to the special attack corps stands at the site of what was once the Kushira naval air base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture. (Go Katono)
Editor's Note: This is the third of an eight-part series on kamikaze pilots during World War II.