Emperor Naruhito conveys ‘deep remorse’ for Japan’s actions in 76th anniversary of WWII surrender, still no apology
Japanese Emperor Naruhito expressed “deep remorse” for Japan’s atrocities in World War II on Sunday, which marked the 76th anniversary of the country’s surrender to Allied forces.
A prevailing message: Naruhito, whose role as emperor is mostly ceremonial, is a grandson of Emperor Hirohito, the man who led Japan during the war. He delivered his message — which was largely similar from last year’s — in an annual memorial ceremony in Tokyo.
AMC‘s horror anthology series “The Terror” is set to return for a second season starring veteran actor George Takei.
The show, which features real-life historical events with an added supernatural twist, will depict the internment of Japanese-American citizens in the U.S. during World War II in season two titled “The Terror: Infamy.”
Shoichi Yokoi, former lance corporal in the Japanese Army during World War II, was discovered in 1972, hiding in the jungles of Guam in an underground shelter with the firm belief that his fellow soldiers would return for him one day.
Exactly 40 years ago, the solider was discovered in a panicked and physically-weakened state by two local hunters. Upon seeing other humans, Yokoi attempted to fight back, believing he was about to be taken as a prisoner of war. However, he was easily overpowered by the hunters due to his malnourished state and was escorted to authorities where he shortly discovered that the war had ended years ago.
Li Gaoshan, one of the few survivors of the gruesome Nanjing (Nanking) Massacre that lasted for six weeks in 1937, has died in his home.
News about Li’s passing, who died at the age of 94 years old, was shared on Chinese social media Sina Weibo by the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders, according to China Daily.
The South Korean parliament passed a bill declaring August 14 as the day to commemorate Korean women who were forced into sexual enslavement by the Japanese military during World War II.
Of the 213 members present in the National Assembly, 205 voted in favor of the bill on Friday; the rest abstained.
In honor of their service in the U.S. military, Filipino World War II veterans received the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday.
The Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress, was given to 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers who fought in the war between 1941 and 1946. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said (via CBS News):
It is a fact of history that the most decorated unit in American warfare was composed of Asian Americans.
They are the Nisei — second-generation Japanese American — soldiers of the 100th Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
A coalition, which aims to preserve the historical integrity of the site of a World War II concentration camp in California where Japanese Americans were incarcerated, has been battling a planned airport fence that would also shut the area from visitors.
The facility of Tulelake camp, formerly known as Tule Lake Segregation Center, once held 12,000 inmates who resisted the forced imprisonment during the Japanese internment.
A social media platform owned by Tencent, China’s largest social network and online entertainment firm, has drawn public outrage after creating memes based on World War II sex slaves.
The platform, Qzone, made stills from “Twenty Two,” a popular documentary film that featured 22 surviving Chinese “comfort women” who had been forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during the Second World War.
After posing as Japanese WWII soldiers outside a train station, two Chinese men found themselves at home surrounded by about 300 locals threatening to beat them.
The men from China’s Guangxi region appeared outside a high-speed rail station on Sunday, donning military uniforms worn by Japanese imperial forces between the 1930s and 1940s.
China’s last surviving “comfort woman” who sued the Japanese government for her sexual enslavement during the second world war has passed away on Saturday.
Without ever achieving justice for the crimes committed against her and thousands of other Chinese victims of the Imperial Japanese Army, Huang Youliang died in her home in the village of Yidui in Hainan, China, SCMP reports. She was 90 years old.
The South Korean “comfort” women who were victims of sexual slavery during World War II have collectively rejected the payments being offered to them by the government of Japan following an agreement hatched by the Japanese and South Korean governments.
The group instead decided to file a lawsuit against the South Korean government for failing to hold Japan to be legally responsible after agreeing to a settlement last December, reported Al Jazeera.