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During symbolic visit, Abe lays wreath at U.S. World War II memorial

Apr 30, 2015

During symbolic visit, Abe lays wreath at U.S. World War II memorial

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington’s World War II memorial Wednesday, hoping to appease criticism of his stance on his country’s brutal past ahead of the landmark speech he made before a joint session of Congress. Abe toured the monument on Washington’s National Mall, ...

Hundreds protest in San Francisco for Abe war apology

Apr 29, 2015

Hundreds protest in San Francisco for Abe war apology

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 people from other parts of Asia during World War II. Tuesday’s protest comes days before the prime minister is scheduled ...

Apr 24, 2015

Abe not expected to attend May 9 Moscow WWII ceremony

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to decline Russia’s invitation to attend celebrations in Moscow on May 9 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, government sources said Thursday. Due to suspected further Russian involvement in the Ukraine ...

Korean 'war criminal' seeks redress from Japan

Apr 22, 2015

Korean 'war criminal' seeks redress from Japan

by Keisuke Sunami

Seventy years after the end of World War II, a 90-year-old South Korean who was convicted of war crimes continues to seek justice and compensation from the Japanese government. As a young boy, Lee Hak-rae helped with his family’s farming work on the Korean ...

Manchuria academy students still gathering 70 years after WWII end

Apr 22, 2015

Manchuria academy students still gathering 70 years after WWII end

Alumni of Harbin Gakuin, a wartime Japanese training academy for Russian-language specialists in Harbin, part of the former Manchuria, northeastern China, and relatives of deceased former students gathered this month for an annual ceremony in front of a monument in western Tokyo, 70 years ...