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Emperor Naruhito conveys ‘deep remorse’ for Japan’s actions in 76th anniversary of WWII surrender, still no apology

Emperor Naruhito giving a speech

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.

How A Japanese Soldier Survived For 27 Years Hiding Alone in a Cave After WWII

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.

Filipino WWII Veterans Finally Receive Their Congressional Gold Medals After 75 Years

WWII Photos Filipinos

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):

George Takei Fights County for Closing Off Former Japanese Concentration Camp From His Childhood

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.

China’s Biggest Tech Company Sparks Outrage After Making Memes of WWII Sex Slaves

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.

Last ‘Comfort Woman’ in China Who Sued the Japanese Government Dies at Age 90

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.

WWII South Korean Sex Slaves Sue the Government to Make Japan Apologize

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.