May 21, 2009 |
College student Chen Lin heard the buzz about the new film depicting the horrors of Japan's World War II-era massacre of 300,000 Chinese civilians in Nanjing. Friends told her that the images in the Chinese-distributed drama, "City of Life and Death," would be brutal -- mass rapes, point-blank executions, public beheadings and victims buried alive.
April 30, 2009 |
Kang Il-chul rides in the back of a van packed with gossiping old women. The 82-year-old girlishly covers her mouth to whisper a secret. "We argue a lot about the food," she says, wrinkling her nose. "To tell you the truth, some of these old ladies are grouchy." There are eight of them, sharing a hillside home on the outskirts of Seoul, sparring over everything from territory to room temperature. Some wear makeup and stylish hats; others are happy in robes and slippers.
July 13, 2008 |
The searchers dug for days, ignoring blisters and sore muscles to look for the remains of Japanese soldiers buried in mass graves after a World War II battle on the Aleutian island of Attu. But old bullets and bits of barbed wire were all that had emerged from beneath the grassy tundra -- until the end of the two-week mission by U.S. and Japanese representatives who had traveled to the remote resting place of nearly 2,500 soldiers. On May 23, searchers' shovels struck decaying wood boxes containing the well-preserved bones of two Japanese soldiers, probably buried by their comrades during the 1943 Battle of Attu.
June 20, 2006 |
Japan's government will withdraw its troops from Iraq, ending a mission that broke postwar taboos by sending its troops into foreign combat zones for the first time since 1945. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told executives of his ruling party that the roughly 600 Japanese soldiers stationed in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah would come home over the next two months, according to Japanese media reports. "We've finished this chapter," Koizumi reportedly told the officials.
April 18, 2006 |
A former Japanese soldier last seen by his family when he went off to fight in World War II has resurfaced in Ukraine and is returning home to see his relatives after more than 60 years, the government said Monday. Ishinosuke Uwano, now 83, had been declared among Japan's war dead in 2000. Suminori Arima, a health ministry official in charge of locating war veterans lost overseas, declined to say where Uwano had been the last six decades or why he had not been in touch with his family.
January 13, 2006 |
On a U.S. Navy base where the streets are named for bloody World War II battles on Pacific islands, American sailors and Marines are now teaching Japanese soldiers the basics of mounting an amphibious assault. Although the training is said to be somewhat rudimentary, it is meant to boost the capabilities of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and to further strengthen military ties between the two allies. "They're a strong, tough light infantry unit," Marine Lt. Col.