Imperial Navy Vet Feels Pressure To Keep Quiet About Wartime Experiences

Imperial Navy vet feels pressure to keep quiet about wartime experiencesKuniyoshi Takimoto, now 94, was almost killed during the Battle of Midway in June 1942. A mechanic aboard the Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier Hiryu, he was wounded in the shoulder after bombs from American Dauntless dive bombers ripped into the flight deck and sparked fires in the hangar bay below. The fires spread, the ship was abandoned, and sank the next morning -- one of four Japanese fleet carriers lost in the battle.

Tokyo Court Rules On Wartime Police Torture Case

Tokyo court rules on wartime police torture caseA Japanese court says the torture of suspects by wartime law enforcement authorities was illegal even under the old public security law. But the court rejected a demand for compensation.
About 60 people, including magazine editors, were arrested between 1942 and 1945 on charges of advocating communism and violating the now-defunct peace preservation law.

U.s. Couple Thank Support That Jews Received In Kobe During Wartime Exodus

U.S. couple thank support that Jews received in Kobe during wartime exodusA Jewish American couple has visited this port city to thank the daughter of a Christian minister who helped Jews fleeing Nazi persecution during World War II.
Sy Stadtmauer, 72, and his 71-year-old wife, Joann, followed the trail of their ancestors who escaped the Holocaust more than 70 years ago, to Japan. They expressed their gratitude to Atsuko Tsutsui, the 91-year-old daughter of Genpachi Saito, and others on Oct. 27.

A Wartime Trip Down Memory Lane For An American Tracing His Roots

A wartime trip down memory lane for an American tracing his rootsRalph Neal, the nephew of a U.S. airman shot down over Japan in World War II, visited a memorial here Aug. 4 near the crash site where his uncle's plane went down.
For Neal, 58, who shares the same name as the relative he never met, it was an emotional occasion. His uncle survived the crash, was taken to Hiroshima and died as a result of the atomic bombing that occurred days later.

Dutch Children Of Wartime Liaisons With Japanese Search For Their Roots

Dutch children of wartime liaisons with Japanese search for their rootsHiroshy de Winter was born in the Dutch East Indies as a result of the wartime Japanese occupation.
Raised by his single Dutch mother in the Netherlands after the war, de Winter, 68, always knew he had a Japanese father. But it was after his mother died that he learned he also had a half-brother in Japan. That was the spark that took him to Japan to meet his younger sibling and his father for the first time.

Abe Comments On His Past Wartime Remorse Remark

Abe comments on his past wartime remorse remarkPrime Minister Shinzo Abe says he shares with past Japanese governments the historical view that admits Japan inflicted enormous damage and pain on Asian countries.

Last month, Abe said in the Diet that there is no fixed definition for "aggression," either academically or in terms of international law.